Mazenod College in Monash has been chosen to host the Jordan national football team for a 15 day pre-competition camp as part of training preparations for AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015.
Mazenod is the third Australian venue, and only school, to secure a pre-competition training base for a national team in what will provide a significant cultural and social opportunity for the school and an economic boost for the Monash region.
“Jordan’s decision to choose Mazenod is a great vote of confidence in our community, and demonstrates the hard work and positivity of our bid in providing a welcoming and world class facility,” Principal Fr Michael Twigg OMI said.
“As a welcoming multi-cultural community, we stand ready to fully embrace Jordan and its football supporters and our bid found genuine connections between Jordanian and Australian cultures.
“Monash City is a wonderful community that fully embraces diversity and Mazenod College stands as a proud member. Jordan have committed to embracing our community and helping us share in the experience of the Asian Cup. The students are very excited to be a part of this great tournament.
“The students of Mazenod College and members of Mazenod United Football Club will play a large role in the volunteering of services for the camp and the opportunity will be open to anyone in the community,” Fr Michael added.
Minister for Sport Damian Drum said: “The Victorian Government is delighted Mazenod College has been chosen as the only school and Victoria’s second venue for a pre-competition training camp of a national team ahead of the prestigious AFC Asian Cup.
“Hosting the AFC Asian Cup in 2015 will be a highlight on Melbourne and Victoria’s major events calendar next year, showcasing Victoria as a vibrant economic, sports and multicultural hub to the rest of the world.
“Ballarat Regional Soccer Facility was the first Australian venue to secure a training base and today’s announcement that Mazenod College, one of Melbourne’s most multicultural and diverse educational facilities, has won its bid is great news for Victoria,” Mr Drum said.
AFC Asian Cup Australia 2015 Local Organising Committee CEO Michael Brown said: “I am delighted to see Mazenod has been chosen by Jordan for their Asian Cup pre-competition camp.
“The hard work of everyone at the College, combined with the full support of the Victorian Government has paid off.
“Competition for an international team is fierce, and we are very happy that Monash will receive the benefits of hosting an International Team.
“The Local Organising Committee identified pre-competition camps as an important opportunity for Australian communities, and today’s announcement highlights how a strong community can take centre stage in the lead up to our event.”
Jordan plays two games in Melbourne against recent qualifier Palestine on January 16 and defending champions Japan on January 20. Their third game is in Brisbane on January 12 against Iraq.
“I am sure all of the Mazenod students, families, staff and old boys as well as the Monash community will be keen to adopt Jordan as their Asian Cup team and will be heading to Melbourne Rectangular Stadiums for the games,” said Mr Brown.
“With tickets starting from $15 for adults and $5 for children it would be great to see Melbourne Rectangular Stadium full of supporters cheering for Jordan making them feel welcome.”
Fr Michael acknowledged the support of the Victorian Government in finalising the agreement with Jordan, particularly the Victorian Commissioner to the Middle East John Butler. Fr Michael said Local member for Mulgrave and Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews, along with the City of Monash, provided both written and personal support for the bid.
“They have both recognised the tremendous value in our local community providing a genuine welcome to Jordan and have supported Mazenod College in our aim of becoming a host. We take this responsibility very seriously and commit to providing a world class facility that is accessible to our entire community.” Fr Michael stated.
The other teams to announce Pre-competition camps to date are Bahrain National Football team, which will train in Ballarat, while China PR will prepare at Campbelltown in Sydney’s west.