Canberra United FC will now be known as the CFMEU Canberra United FC after it was announced today that the mighty Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) will be on board as the naming rights sponsor for Canberra’s newest national league team in the Westfield W-League.
Canberra United FC will now be known as the CFMEU Canberra United FC after it was announced today that the mighty Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) will be on board as the naming rights sponsor for Canberra-s newest national league team in the Westfield W-League.
The CFMEU, along with the Tradies Clubs of Dickson and Woden, continue their affiliation with the local football community with the Tradies Group currently sponsoring the Capital Football Academy. An alignment with the region-s newest ‘green team- in Canberra is a bonus for Canberra and the region.
Canberra United-s Independent Chair, ACT Senator Kate Lundy along with Management Committee representatives, Head Coach Robbie Hooker and members of the playing squad joined Secretary of the ACT branch of the CFMEU Sarah Schoonwater, for the announcement.
Schoonwater announced that the CFMEU is pleased to be the naming rights sponsor of another local team in a national league to the tune of $40,000 per annum for two years – the Union already sponsoring Canberra-s National Rugby League team, The Canberra Raiders.
“It was an easy decision. We sponsor the other Canberra Green Machine so it-s great we can sponsor the Canberra United green machine as well,” Schoonwater said.
“An easy decision to make when we-re proud Canberrans and we-re proud to be part of the community and there-s a large multicultural workforce within our construction industries”.
Senator Lundy is also very grateful for the contribution of the CFMEU to women-s football as the code continues to stride towards a professional league.
“There-s a big challenge in front of women-s football. The question is how do we achieve the golden goal of professional sport and how we get there is to start with sponsorship like this. I see this as a strong first step toward professionalism for women-s football,” Lundy said.
The first sponsorship of its kind for the new league, the Canberra based club continues to lead the way in the new competition after it was announced on the weekend that eight national players, including four local players, have been signed to create a solid foundation for the first season.
“Each week that goes by things keep coming together for Canberra United. It-s thrilling today to be here with the CFMEU. They-re a great community contributor and this really gets us on a firm financial footing to start the season,” Lundy said.
“I think all the players, administrators and coaches are pleased about the announcement and gives them confidence that this is a professional outfit going forward.”