“We’re a community club and need to get this 100 per cent right.”
That’s the view of Macarthur South West United chairman Gina Marra as the club prepares for its inaugural community forum.
The event will be held next Thursday at Campbelltown Catholic Club and gives residents a chance to have their input on the newest A-League club.
The forum’s topics will include suggestions for the team’s nickname, logo and colours.
Mr Marra said the forum was extremely important for building the club’s future.
“We’ve said all along that we’ve got to be a club for the whole of south-west Sydney,” he said.
In December, Football Federation Australia gave the green light for Macarthur South West United to become an A-League team.
The new team, based in Campbelltown, will join Australia’s premier soccer competition in the 2020/21 season.
The FFA also announced that Western Melbourne would join the A-League in the 2019/20 season. The club announced its nickname (Western United) and team colours (green/black) last week.
Meanwhile, Mr Marra said there had been plenty of behind-the-scenes work at Macarthur South West United since December’s announcement.
“We’re working on building an operational plan and a whole club philosophy,” he said.
“We need a philosophy on what we want to stand for.”
Campbelltown Council has been a big supporter of the club’s bid to become an A-League team.
Mayor George Brticevic encouraged all Macarthur residents to attend next week’s forum and have their say on the new club.
“These kind of opportunities don’t happen too often,” he said.
“It’s up to all of us to embrace it and make this team a real success.”
Cr Brticevic said it felt “very surreal” that Macarthur boasted its own A-League club.
“Sometimes I stop, have a quiet moment and think ‘wow, we’ve really done it’,” he said.
“Joining the A-League will be a great boost for the region, bringing renewed interest in football and generating national and international exposure for south-west Sydney.”
The Macarthur South West United’s first community forum will be held on Thursday, February 28 at Campbelltown Catholic Club at 7pm.
Entry is free, but registration is essential.
Similar forums will be held across the south-west Sydney region next month.