The Friends of Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) was established in 1996 by Peter Hemming, Executive Chairman of Heathley Limited, during a time when rugby was transitioning to professionalism and SUFC was facing relegation.
The Friends, a mentoring group consisting of influential senior business leaders and professionals, has played a significant role in the success and sustainability of SUFC.
With over 50 prominent members from various industries, the Friends are committed to mentoring the players of the Club. Interestingly, only one-third of the Friends played rugby for Sydney University, and only half attended the University of Sydney, yet all are dedicated to helping the players and the Club.
The Friends’ contributions include a mentoring program aimed at assisting players in their business and professional careers, as well as annual donations to the Sydney University Football Club Foundation.