Football Fever at the Waterfront
11 November 2009
A Festival of Football is planned this Saturday at Wellington's Queen's Wharf. It includes the Street Football National Championship and NZ Freestyle Champs and culminates in the New Zealand All Whites World Cup qualifier against Bahrain at the Westpac Stadium.
At Queen’s Wharf, right under the sails, Wellington’s Street Football team faces off against four other regional teams vying for the crown of national champion.
At 11:30am the teams will parade on to the pitch and after an official opening by Sam Jackson, Kaumatua of Te Atiawa and Wellington Tenths Trust and Mayor Kerry Prendergast the first game will begin at 12:30pm.
The quickfire four-aside games last just 15 minutes and will be played on a special playing surface imported from overseas just for the occasion.
The tournament final is scheduled for 3:45pm followed by prizegiving and a BBQ.
Dowtown Community Ministry is lead agency supporting the Wellington team.
Law firm DLA Phillips Fox has generously sponsored the Wellington team kit.
The tournament will also promote the Road to Rio campaign for the Homeless World Cup to be held in September next year in Brazil.