LOCAL LEGENDS: MAYFIELD SOCCER CLUB
Mayfield United Soccer Club is proudly celebrating 95 years as a local Football Club in the Newcastle community. A large Club with a number of teams who play both socially and competitively, they encourage physical activity, team building, community engagement and building friendships. Both women’s and men’s Premier League teams have played in high level divisions- a testimonial to the hard work of players and coaches in the Club.
With over 200 players, Mayfield United is Home Club and Mayfield park is Home Grounds to a number people within the community. They provide support to players and are passionate about developing players skills by embodying their creed ‘courage, commitment and camaraderie’ in everything that they do. Want to find out more? Click here
The Sydney Junction Hotel is proud to be the sponsor pub of Mayfield United Soccer Club. The affiliation allows the Hotel to give back to the Club every week with Friday evening raffles and throughout the year by providing support, final aid, encouraging player development and community involvement.
SJ’s every month invites a new Club or Charity Organisation onboard to use the Skip-the-line initiative through the Local Legends program to raise funds for a specific cause or appeal. The Cancer Council raised over $36, 000 in the lead up to the annual Stars of Newcastle event, Dog Rescue Newcastle proudly took home a cheque for just over $16, 000 and Newcastle's surfing charity event Tubes 4 Boobs, run by the Cancer council, raised close to $7000 in just two weeks. This money is raised 100% by patrons of the hotel on Friday and Saturday evenings and is a reflection of the generosity of locals to get behind the community and on a night out do something good for people in need.
Mayfield United Soccer Club is using this opportunity at SJ’s to raise money to put in a underground drainage system at Mayfield Park. The Clubs home ground is currently permanently waterlogged affecting the amount of use the Club can get out of the Park, with every season seeing an excessive number of games being called off due to the grounds being washed out.
The greater Mayfield community is also effected by the waterlogged Park, as the access locals and the greater community have to the grounds is limited and the Park is hugely under-utilised. With four schools within a 1km radius of the grounds, 3 of these being Primary schools, children sporting teams and physical education programs are restricted from using the grounds on a regular basis.
Over the last 5 years Mayfield United have been fundraising for this project, and are still working towards having enough funds to pay for the largely expensive drainage system.
The Sydney Junction Hotel is hoping that over the month of September patrons dig deep and show the same generosity they have over the last couple of months to get this fund raising appeal off the ground and kick the ball out of the park with the fundraising target.