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Macquarie Sports

Overview

Macquarie Sports has provided sporting opportunities to more than 200,000 children across Australia. Macquarie Sports also offers corporate scholarships to elite young sports people to pursue both their career and sporting goals.

At Macquarie Sports, we believe that children can be motivated and inspired by interacting with athletic role models. Every year we provide thousands of children in communities throughout Australia with that opportunity, as well as a chance to play sport using brand new equipment. We also aim to provide an experience that can promote team work and leadership skills, whilst educating children about fitness and health.

Since 1999 Macquarie Sports has been providing grassroots sporting opportunities for children around Australia, including many in rural and remote communities.

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 NSW for a day-long, multi-sport clinic held in Mudgee, NSW.

Partnering with Australian sports heroes, the clinic brought the community together, giving the kids an opportunity to play alongside our Macquarie Sports coaches and learn new sporting skills.

Scholarships

Quite often, training and study commitments of elite young athletes leaves little time for them to gain work experience. The Macquarie Sports Scholarships program provide recipients with paid work experience within Macquarie, as well as networks and resources necessary to enable a smooth transition from the sporting arena to the workplace. As well as financial support, the scholarships provide training, mentoring and ongoing casual employment with Macquarie Sports. To date, 50 young men and women have been awarded scholarships, with many going on to achieve high sporting honours, including:

  • Lavinia Chrystal (skiing, Australia – Sochi Olympics)
  • Dave Dennis (rugby union, Wallabies)
  • Rob Horne (rugby union, Wallabies)
  • Jin Su Jung (athletics, Australia – Glasgow Commonwealth Games)
  • Holly Lincoln-Smith (water polo, Australia – London Olympics)
  • Kristina Mah (karate, world champion)
  • Ben McCalman (rugby union, Wallabies)
  • Susan Pratley (netball, Australian Diamonds)
  • Paddy Ryan (rugby union, Wallabies)
  • Servet Uzunlar (football, Matildas)

Sports clinics

Macquarie Sports utilises sporting clinics to engage with children in communities around Australia. Delivering clinics across eight sports in 2017, these free clinics provide a fun and inclusive environment for children to interact with their sporting heroes.

The Macquarie Sports Cricket Leadership Day has been held annually for 15 years, providing young cricketers with the opportunity to be mentored by former Australian cricketers.

Hockey programs are delivered in regional New South Wales, allowing children the chance to play alongside current Australian Hockeyroos and Kookaburra’s players.

Hyrdothon NextGen All Female Surf Sports Clinics enable young women to learn important surf and life skills from current Ironwomen.

Primary school children from suburbs around Sydney participate in skill development clinics with Australia’s most experienced current and former Australian Diamonds players.

Rugby league clinics are delivered around the country, providing children in regional and remote areas with the chance to learn from some of the sports best former players and role models.

Children in communities throughout New South Wales participate in rugby programs, offering them the chance to learn from members of the NSW Waratahs and Classic Wallabies.

Surf programs in areas around the country, provide children from various community and disability groups with the opportunity to learn the sport under the guidance of professional surfers.

Introductory clinics in regional New South Wales run by current Australian representatives, give children in those communities a greater diversity of sports to choose from.

Macquarie Sports partners

Macquarie Sports 20th Anniversary

In 2019, Macquarie Sports will celebrate its 20th anniversary. To mark the occasion, we will hold a unique multi-sport clinic for children from drought affected communities of western New South Wales.