Communities Football Cup Finals
26 November 2013
Wakefield Park in Island Bay will be buzzing this weekend as 240 passionate football players from around the country meet to contest the 2013 New Zealand Communities Football Cup (NZCFC).
Somalia Wellington is the team to beat at the Communities Football Cup
The cup was introduced by the New Zealand Police in 2008 as a way to connect diverse communities, celebrate success and encourage positive social change.
Each of the 12 teams in the final represent an ethnic community and region, and many have been playing all year to secure their place.
The popularity of the contest grows each year and the New Zealand Police Strategic Ethnic Advisor, Inspector Rakesh Naidoo, is expecting a huge crowd.
“It is the United Nations of football, both for locals and those that have made New Zealand their home.”
This year Wellington is represented by teams from Cape Verde and Somalia, and a team from the Oromo ethnic community which spans parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. Winners of the inaugural competition and defending champions - Somalia Wellington - is the team to beat.
On Sunday the NZCFC will also host a street football tournament for the top junior and senior female teams from the Wellington region as well as the finals of the tournament.
Matches get under way at 9am this Saturday 30 November and continue on Sunday. For more information, see:
Communities Football Cup - NZ Police