Sponsorship woes may impact on Team Sydney’s ability to keep increasing its visibility. Team Sydney has only managed to secure one sponsorship agreement, through ACON, for the 2009/10 period.
Turned down by the City of Sydney, New Mardi Gras and Aurora, there are concerns that without assistance from generous community members, the organisation will not be able to afford a stage for this year’s Fair Day sports village.
“We were fortunate that we were able to fund a stage last year, but at the moment we don’t have the money to do that,” Team Sydney president Geoffrey Radford said.
“Having the stage last year was a huge benefit. Because it was elevated, it brought people over and brought a huge influx of new members — and that was in spite of the diabolical weather. It was a huge benefit, and we were going to build on that this year and have gymnastics and aerobics performances, which can’t really happen on grass.
“I’m concerned that this could have an impact on our aims to keep raising our profile — which has more than doubled in the past years.
“Right now we need a fairy godmother from somewhere,” he said, pleading for anyone with contacts to contra staging equipment, or a spare $4000, to come forward.
Irrespective of whether assistance is found, plans for the Team Sydney showcase will go ahead, with groups designing flexible routines which can be performed on grass or on a stage.
Radford will hold talks with representatives from the City of Sydney, to discuss future strategies for obtaining funding from the city. In the meantime, if people from the community are able to offer any assistance, Radford would consider it “an enormous thing”.
info: If you are able to help, or would like more information about Team Sydney, call Geoffrey on 0411 066 485 or email [email protected]