Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Kiwi kid to represent NZ at 2014 FIFA World Cup Final


Kiwi kid to represent NZ at 2014 FIFA World Cup Final


Ten-year-old football fan wins trip of a lifetime to Brazil in July


Matt, Will and Tim


Ten-year-old football fanatic, Will Richardson, never imagined he’d be the first Kiwi to represent New Zealand at a FIFA World Cup TM Final. But at his football training session yesterday, he found out he’s off to Brazil to walk a player onto the pitch at the final of the world’s biggest sporting spectacle.
Will was the envy of his Eastern Suburbs football team after All White team members, Tim Payne and Matt Ridenton surprised him to let him know he had won the once-in-a-lifetime prize through a McDonald’s® Skills Zone competition.

Will and his mum, Victoria Richardson, from the east Auckland suburb St Heliers, will join 21 other children from around the world for the final. They will fly to Galeao International Airport in Rio de Janeiro where they will stay for four nights with free accommodation, meals, group activities and, of course, entry into the 2014 FIFA World CupTM Final.

“We are so excited for Will and his mum,” says McDonald’s New Zealand managing director Patrick Wilson. “This will truly be the trip of a lifetime for this young football fan and we are proud that McDonald’s New Zealand can offer this through our global FIFA World Cup sponsorship.”

Will won the prize by attending the McDonald’s® Skills Zone Day in Auckland on Sunday 18 May. He completed Skills Zone football challenges to enter the McDonald’s competition, which was open to 6 to 10-year-olds and attracted over 1,000 entries.

The young footballer’s mum Victoria took him to the event not expecting him to take out the big prize. “This is a dream come true for Will. He lives and breathes football and is so excited to meet an international pro-footballer and walk them onto the pitch. This will be an experience he will never forget, nor will I,” says Victoria.

Three Skills Zone Day events, organised by McDonald’s NZ and New Zealand Football, were held on the same day in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Children who couldn’t make it to one of the main centres, could get their parents or guardian to enter on their behalf by uploading a video on www.skillszone.co.nz showcasing the child’s football skills.

“The competition is a great extension of our long term support for junior football. McDonald’s Skills Zone programme which was launched in 2013 and since then thousands of kids and their coaches have participated in the grassroots football development programme,” says Wilson.
New Zealand Football is responsible for leading, governing and regulating football in New Zealand. The organisation is passionate about developing young football talent and increasing the number of participants in the game.

“Congratulations to Will for winning this amazing prize. We’d like to thank all the children who took part in the Skills Zone Day events and entered the competition. It was great to see such enthusiasm from so many young football fans and such great support from our partners like McDonald’s,” says NZ Football chief executive Andy Martin.
For more information go to: www.skillszone.co.nz

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

The Last Dambuster: Death Of Les Munro

The Governor-General has noted the passing of Les Munro, the last remaining airman from the Dambuster Raid: “In this year where we are marking the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, it is more important than ever to honour the veterans of that conflict..." More>>

ALSO:

Album Review And Rap Beefs: Tame Impala, Currents.

Tame Impala’s new album Currents has one of the hallmarks of an enduring album. At first listen it seems like good, if somewhat ordinary, pop but as you go back more and more layers unravel revealing deeply rich, expertly crafted songs. More>>

Flagging Enthusiasm: Gareth Morgan Announces Winner Of $20k Flag Competition

The winner of the Morgan Foundation’s $20,000 flag competition is “Wā kāinga / Home”, designed by Auckland based Studio Alexander. Economist and philanthropist Gareth Morgan set up the competition because he had strong views on what the flag should represent but he couldn’t draw one himself. More>>

ALSO:

Books: The Lawson Quins Tell Their Incredible Story

They could have been any family of six children – except that five of them were born at once. It will come as a shock to many older New Zealanders to realise that Saturday July 25 is the Lawson quintuplets’ 50th birthday. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Wartime Women

Coinciding as it does with the movie Imitation Game which focusses on Alan Turing breaking the Enigma code in Hut 6 at Bletchley Park (“BP”), this book is likely to attract a wide readership. It deserves to do so, as it illustrates that BP was very much more than Turing and his colleagues. More>>

Maori Language Commission: Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori 2015

The theme for Māori Language Week 27 July – 2 August 2015 is ‘Whāngaihia te Reo ki ngā Mātua’ ‘Nurture the language in parents’. It aims to encourage and support every day Māori language use for parents and caregivers with children” says Acting Chief Executive Tuehu Harris.. More>>

ALSO:

Live Music: Earl Sweatshirt Plays To Sold Out Bodega

The hyped sell-out crowd had already packed themselves as close as they could get to the stage before Earl came on. The smell of weed, sweat and beer filled Bodega – more debauched sauna than bar by this point. When he arrived on stage the screaming ... More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news