Join our community football club to learn from top-quality coaches and become an outstanding individual and leader, on and off the football field. You can also coach or manage a team, volunteer to help organise match days or register your school in either our five or 10 week football Skill Acquisition Program (SAP).
About our club
Based at our Strathfield campus, ACU Football Club is the university's first community club and will utilise the new synthetic pitch which is due for completion at the Strathfield campus early in 2019. The club will enter both male and female teams in the Canterbury District Soccer Football Association (CDSFA) competitions from 2019.
The club has been established to provide a football program that services both the student body and local community, with the aim of promoting female participation in sport. The club is inclusive and also offers male programs, with a long-term goal of producing outstanding individuals and leaders, on and off the football field.
Our strategic approach to long-term club success is founded on eight fundamental areas. It begins with our physical and human infrastructures: training facilities and effective governance. This is complemented by the support services we offer players, and a self-sufficient financial model overseen by the University.
Our eight fundamental areas are:
- female footballers
- quality coaching
- support services
- top class infrastructure
- university culture
- human resources
- financial sustainability
- effective governance.
ACU aims to be a leader in the world of women’s football. Our focus is to produce players of the highest quality, so the program is driven by top-quality coaches. It is our long-term goal to produce outstanding individuals and leaders, on and off the football field. The club’s mission is aligned with ACU’s mission: “Within the Catholic intellectual tradition and acting in truth and love, ACU is committed to the pursuit of knowledge, the dignity of the human person, and the common good. In this mission, we engage the Catholic intellectual tradition to bring a distinct perspective to higher education.”
How to get involved
There are number of ways to join our club and be part of football’s forward momentum. These include:
- playing on one of our teams
- becoming a coach or manager
Register for the Skill Acquisition Program (SAP) for schools
SAP is offered to schools with the aim of teaching basic skills, increasing the number of female participants in sport, providing a lifelong physical activity approach to health and fitness, and building a greater football community.
Following the Football Federation of Australia’s (FFA) national curriculum, the five and 10-week programs cater for all ability levels and provide a diverse range of activities suitable for girls aged between eight and 12. Co-educational programs are also available.
ACU Football School Holiday Clinic
Aimed at five to 12-year-olds our holiday clinic is a fun and holistic approach to learning football. Students will get to play on new facilities, develop their football skills with qualified and experienced coaches, and access the very best advice on nutrition, strength and conditioning – all while having fun with their friends.
Registrations opening soon.
We’re committed to building a state-of-the-art football facility for the purpose of establishing a home for women’s football and community football. Our resources and facilities will be of a high standard and meet the needs of our players and coaches.
All home games are played at ACU’s new facilities at the Strathfield Campus, which includes a FIFA-certified football pitch, a grass pitch and changeroom facilities.
Club Executive Committee and Staff
President – Ashleigh Campbell
Vice President – Phil Wishart
Secretary – Amelia Russo
Treasurer – George Psarakis
General members – Hannah Mason, Bridget Barber and Demiana Bishay
Football Manager – Sonny Makko
Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) – Ashleigh Campbell
The ACU Football Club aims to uphold the regulations, policies, procedures and directives of the various governing bodies that it is a member of:
- ACU Sport Code of Conduct
- FFA Statutes and Regulations
- FFA Coaches Code of Ethics (PDF, 74KB)
- FNSW Policies and Documents
- FNSW Hot Weather Policy (PDF, 210KB)
- FNSW Insurance Form
- Volunteer incident report form
- CDSFA regulations (include forfeits) (PDF, 1.1MB)
- WWCC – All volunteers, coaches and referees must have a Working With Children Check (WWCC)
- Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) (PDF, 656KB)
In alignment with requirements of FNSW and the Office of the Children's Guardian, ACU FC has a Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO). The MPIO ensures the Club has a child safe culture.
MPIO - Ashleigh Campbell - Ashleigh.firstname.lastname@example.org