Andy Favaloro, one of the most respected figures in NSW football, today joined South-West Sydney FC as a community ambassador.
Favaloro is the second community ambassador to be signed up by South-West Sydney FC following last week’s announcement that former Macarthur Football Association head Rob Laws has endorsed their A-League Bid.
With a coveted George Churchward Medal in 2017 (pictured) for his work at community and grassroots over the last 31 years, Favaloro is a revered figure in NSW.
“South-West Sydney FC is a community club, bringing football together at all levels in the South-West and Macarthur regions,” he said on Monday.
“They are building a club, not a franchise. And they are doing so with a combination of local people, local money, and local football knowledge.
“Their number one passion is football. Not other sports, just football.
“The Bid Team are real football people with a real passion for football and with a history of community involvement spanning decades.
“It’s for these reasons I’m happy to join South-West Sydney FC as a community ambassador and hope very much the club are given a chance in the A-League.”
South-West Sydney FC Bid Chairman Gino Marra said Favaloro’s endorsement sent a strong message about the type of club they are.
“Having Andy’s endorsement means a lot. He is one of the most respected figures in community football in NSW. His achievements at the community level speak for themselves and having him with us on this journey is a validation of who we are as a club.”
Favaloro joined the Fairfield Patrician Brothers Soccer Club in 1986 when his son Anthony started playing in the U8s.
In 1991, he was elected Club President and continued in that role until 2003. Along with managing, in 1995 he introduced girls football to the club and he coached one of the teams. His coaching highlight came in 1996 when his U16 girls were Premiers and Ron Dine Cup winners.
In 1997 Andy was inducted as a Life Member of the Fairfield Patrician Brothers Football Club. Also that year, he joined the PD & JC committee and he was subsequently elected Vice President of Southern Districts Soccer Football Association (SDSFA) where he has held the role of Treasurer and President.
Favaloro has been instrumental in ensuring the SDSFA has been financially viable and has ensured that all candidates on the board have brought their passion for the sport in such a football heartland.
SDSFA has the highest level of refugees and non-speaking residents of any football association in Australia and he has continually thrown his support to assist in building the bridge to a better football community.
“What Andy stands for is what we stand for,” added Marra. “Football is all about community and our club represents our community.”
Pic courtesy of Football NSW. Photographer: Loopii