Macquarie Group Foundation | 2024 Annual Review

Macquarie Sports


young people supported into employment through grants1


participants in sports clinics2


scholarships awarded2

As we approach the 25-year anniversary of Macquarie Sports, it is pleasing to see the impact from the range of programs we’re providing in the community. The outcomes achieved by our grant partners have expanded our support of young people to include education and employment-based outcomes. We are proud of their work, along with the work of our community partner organisations that provide sporting clinics for over 1,500 participants around Australia.”

Antony Green
Chair, Macquarie Sports
Executive Director, Macquarie Capital


Education and employment-focused grants

In the first full year of grantmaking for Macquarie Sports, our two grant partners delivered some excellent outcomes for the people they seek to support.

Clontarf Foundation aims to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men.

Our grant funds the placement of 40 boys at the new Tweed River High School Clontarf Academy, which opened in 2023. In 2024:

  • Clontarf students at Tweed River High School achieved a school attendance rate of 85%, exceeding the target of 80%
  • 100% of year 12 boys completed their studies

Surfing Australia formed in 1963 to establish, guide and promote the development of surfing in Australia. Our grant supports Coach-Ready, an employment pathways program held on the Gold Coast for young people from around Australia.

In 2024:

  • 20 young people enrolled in the Coach-Ready program
  • 100% of participants completed the course
  • All 20 were paired with surf coach employers in their local area

Watch this video to learn more about the Coach Ready program. 

Sports clinics

Macquarie Sports works with peak sporting bodies to provide free sporting clinics to children in communities around Australia. In FY24, together with our partners, Macquarie Sports held 36 community sporting events across 10 sports, engaging over 1,500 children, many of whom are located in rural and remote communities across Australia

The clinics give children access to train with some of Australia’s best sporting role models and provide participants with brand new sporting equipment. In FY24 , sports included wheelchair sports, surfing, Australian rules football (AFL), hockey, netball, surf sports, rugby league, rugby union, basketball and water polo.

Macquarie Sports clinic at the GWS GIANTS Training and Community Centre in Sydney Olympic Park.

Spotlight on AFL clinic

Macquarie Sports and the Greater Western Sydney (GWS) GIANTS held an AFL clinic at the GWS GIANTS Training and Community Centre in Sydney Olympic Park in September.

Over 65 girls from schools in the western Sydney area participated in a full-day program, with a focus on creating more opportunities for women and girls in AFL and expanding community outreach in western Sydney.

The day included fitness testing, skills development and game practice, a panel discussion and Q&A with current AFL players from the Women’s GWS GIANTS team, a high-performance seminar by GIANTS’ Head of High Performance and a nutrition seminar run by the team’s dietician.

Macquarie Sports Scholarships

Left to right: Antony Green, Eddie Poolman, William Goddard, Sally Kehoe, Charlotte McGill, Georgia Duncan, Angus McDonald, Benn Melrose, Jessica Widarma, Chris McKenzie, Codie Klein, Sascha Taurins and Anna Le Masurier.

Macquarie Sports Scholarships enable the transition from the sporting arena to the workplace for elite athletes with an interest in finance and banking. Macquarie Sports Scholarships align with Macquarie’s summer internship program, providing elite athletes who want to pursue a career in the financial sector with a 10-week summer internship and the opportunity to give back to their community.

A Macquarie Sports Scholarship Breakfast, held in December 2023, was an opportunity for the new cohort to connect with Macquarie Sports scholarships alumni and members of the Macquarie Sports Committee.

Macquarie Sports Committee

We would like to thank the Macquarie Sports Committee and the Scholarships Sub-Committee for their guidance and support over the past year.

The Macquarie Sports Committee includes:

  • Antony Green (Chair), Macquarie Capital
  • Carlos Barrios, Banking and Financial Services
  • Justin Crawford, Banking and Financial Services
  • Stephen Cook, Macquarie Group Alumni
  • Sally Kehoe, Banking and Financial Services
  • Craig Ross, Commodities and Global Markets
  • Mura Ryan, Banking and Financial Services
  • Bruce Phipson, Banking and Financial Services
  1. As at 31 December 2024
  2. In the 12 months to 31 March 2024