Macquarie Group Foundation 2022 Annual Review
Sport is a powerful vehicle to create opportunity and initiate change. For over 20 years, Macquarie Sports has worked to inspire children and assist community sport around Australia.”
Chair Macquarie Sports
With COVID-19 lockdowns continuing to affect Macquarie Sports’ clinics, Macquarie Sports launched the Virtual Ambassador Program, aimed at inspiring children to pursue sports through virtual interactions with Australian sporting identities.
More than 900 students from nine primary schools across Australia participated in the pilot program, which gave many remote and regional schools the opportunity to engage with some of Australia’s best sportspeople during the pandemic. Participating schools were also sent shipments of sporting equipment to encourage ongoing involvement in sports and physical activity.
In FY2022, the Macquarie Sports Scholarships aligned with Macquarie’s Summer Internship Program. Scholarship recipients benefited from this alignment with an 11 week work placement and greater networking and program opportunities alongside the group-wide summer internship cohort.
In response to the floods in northern New South Wales in early 2022, Macquarie Sports provided new equipment to affected local junior sporting clubs. The equipment was distributed amongst some of the hardest hit clubs, assisting with their recovery and return to community sport.
In FY2022, Macquarie Sports committed to launch a grants program in FY2023. The grants will support sporting bodies seeking to assist young people by removing barriers to opportunity, providing education, employment and training opportunities.