Macquarie Sports


Macquarie Sports was established in 1999 to provide sporting opportunities to children in communities around Australia in the belief that they can be inspired and motivated by interacting with sporting role models. Since then, over 200,000 children have had the chance to learn and play alongside their sporting heroes at Macquarie Sports’ clinics.

Macquarie Sports also provides grants to sporting organisations that run programs supporting young people who face barriers to opportunity, and corporate scholarships to elite young sports people, helping them pursue both their sporting and career goals.

In 2019, Macquarie Sports celebrated its 20th anniversary by bringing together more than 1,000 primary school children from drought-affected areas across central west New South Wales for a day-long multi-sport clinic, which was held in the town of Mudgee.


Our goal

Sport can be a powerful vehicle to create opportunity and initiate change.  As part of its community sports offering, Macquarie Sports provides grants to sporting organisations working with young people in Australia facing barriers to opportunity.

Focus areas

Across the world, we recognise that some people need additional support to overcome the barriers they face. Macquarie’s global grant making aims to break down these barriers and provide social and economic opportunities to those who will benefit most.

Most of Macquarie’s grant funding is directed towards organisations that support social and economic opportunities for people in the communities in which our employees live and work, with each global region concentrating its efforts on issues of local relevance.

For Macquarie Sports, grant support is aimed at sporting organisations that deliver existing or pilot programs providing education, training or employment opportunities for young people aged between 12 and 20 in Australia. 

The focus areas of these programs might include:

  • school engagement and attainment
  • mentoring and tutoring
  • literacy and numeracy
  • industry engagement
  • work readiness
  • work placement


Organisations eligible for grants must have sports as part of their core activities. Sports must be referenced within their mission statement or objectives or clearly demonstrated through existing programs. National Sporting Organisations (NSOs), State Sporting Organisations (SSOs), sports academies, sports institutes, charities and peak sporting bodies are eligible to apply.  Organisations must have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status or be willing to obtain it through an intermediary under an auspice agreement.

If your sporting body would like to register interest in these grants, please complete the expression of interest form here.  Submissions close at 5:00pm (AEST) on Friday 6 May.

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May EOI submissions close 5:00pm (AEST) Friday 6 May
May submissions reviewed by Macquarie Sports
June applicants advised on whether they will progress to next stage
June next-stage applicants contacted to discuss the funding opportunity in more detail
July shortlisted applicants invited to complete a full grant application
September grants allocated
November grants paid

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Sports clinics

Macquarie Sports runs sporting clinics to engage with children from communities around Australia. Delivering clinics across nine sports and working with peak sporting bodies, these free clinics aim to break down any barriers to participation, with a focus on regional and remote communities around Australia. The clinics allow access to some of the country’s best sporting role models and provide brand new sporting equipment to participants.


A lack of time and workplace opportunities makes it difficult for elite young athletes to prepare themselves for the eventual transition from the sporting arena to a corporate environment. The Macquarie Sports Scholarship program provides recipients with a paid summer internship and helps connect them to networks that can support them in making this transition.

Scholarship recipients are also involved with the delivery of Macquarie Sports events in the community. To date, over 70 young men and women have been awarded scholarships, with several now employed full time with Macquarie. Former scholarship recipients include:

Cameron Murray - 2018 Macquarie Sports Scholarship recipient
  • Cameron Murray (rugby league, NRL and State of Origin)
  • Codie Klein (surfing, Australia, World Surf League)
  • Dave Dennis (rugby union, Wallabies)
  • Holly Lincoln-Smith (water polo, Australia, Olympics)
  • Jin Su Jung (athletics, Australia, Commonwealth Games)
  • Kristina Mah (karate, world champion)
  • Lavinia Chrystal (skiing, Australia, Olympics)
  • Naomi Scott (surf sports, Ironwoman)
  • Paddy Ryan (rugby union, Wallabies)
  • Rob Horne (rugby union, Wallabies)
  • Servet Uzunlar (football, Matildas)


Macquarie Sports partners