Major bus and coach operator CDC has announced a partnership with  A- League football franchise, the Western Sydney Wanderers FC which will see the transport operator signed on with the Wanderers till the end of the 2025/25 season.

CDC has been operating in NSW since 2015 and boasts that it has expanded to become one of Australia’s largest bus operators, providing transport solutions around the country for both the public and private sector.

Under the new deal  with the Wanderers the club’s Red and Black’s colours will be emblazoned on a dedicated Wanderers CDC NSW bus until the end of the 2024/25 season.

The branded WanderBus, as the club and CDC are calling it, will play a role in supporting the club’s extensive community initiatives and match day operations according to the two organisations.

The bus will will transport participants in the Wanderers’ After School Program, jointly run with the NSW Government and Wanderers Foundation,  as well as shuttling fans to intra-state away games  such as to the Central Coast, Macarthur, and Newcastle.

According to CDC, as part of the partnership, the Western Sydney Wanderers will also support CDC NSW recruitment initiatives to help drive employment opportunities for Wanderers members and fans.

Western Sydney Wanderers CEO Scott Hudson spoke highly of the partnership saying the club was delighted  to be forming a strong relationship with the team at CDC NSW to not only serve its passionate members but the wider Western Sydney community

“The Wanderers run a number of programs, including After School, where transport to our Football Park is critical and CDC NSW plays a role in servicing this,” said Hudson.

“I’m very excited to see the WanderBus officially on the roads and look forward to joining our Members on a number of away trips next season,” he added.

CDC NSW CEO David Mead, was keen to spruik  the alignment of values in the partnership with the Wanderers.

“This new partnership is built on shared values and our commitment to the communities we serve. The Wanderers’ use of football to connect people, promote inclusivity, and represent Sydney’s West has brought us together as CDC NSW,” said Mead.

“Through our support of Western Sydney Wanderers After School program, children can experience coaching, facilities, and camaraderie that would otherwise be inaccessible,” he added.

“We look forward to collaborating with the Wanderers throughout 2024 and 2025, with a particular focus on the schools’ program. Our decision to partner reflects our desire to engage with the community and our appreciation for The Wanderers’ efforts beyond football to foster connections. Embracing diversity in the community and within our global football network is key,” Mead concluded.