Sydney Catholic Schools and Western Sydney Wanderers FC have launched a new partnership set to increase and support football participation in Western Sydney.

Together with Sydney Catholic Schools, the Wanderers will be running several grassroots programs and tournaments as well as courses to help increase students’ physical and emotional wellbeing.

This includes Coaching Courses for teachers, focusing on the fundamentals of the game, management of players and coaching players of all abilities. Team Building Programs for staff and senior-aged students will take the learnings from football and combine it with a fun and interactive session focused on building strong relationships around trust, communication and problem solving.

The Wanderers will also be rolling out an After School Pre-Academy Development Program designed to advance the skills of football players across Western Sydney schools under the guidance of leading Wanderers Academy coaches.

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson said he was proud to create a new pathway for students and support teachers.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with Sydney Catholic Schools to provide a product and pathway for students and teachers to enjoy and learn to play football,” said Mr Hudson.

Sydney Catholic Schools Manager of Sport Declan Donohue said that he was excited for Sydney Catholic Schools to be part of the Western Sydney community.

“The Wanderers are an organisation that have such a strong connection to their fanbase and region, and we are looking forward to being part of that community,” said Mr Donohue.

“We have a large number of talented footballers in our schools across Western Sydney who will now have access to a range of exciting opportunities and programs.

“Sport plays a vital role in the education and development of young people, and we are excited about the benefits our students will be able to enjoy with the Wanderers’ ongoing support.”