2. ETHKICK 16
The country’s biggest ethnic football tournament involving 40 teams in a celebration of sport and cultures at Central Energy Trust Arena this Saturday.
Ethkick, the seven-a-side community football tournament celebrating cultural and ethnic diversity is going from strength to strength.
In its eighth year, it is ready the biggest ethnic football tournament in New Zealand, and convenor Mike Sahayam says the 40 team places for this Saturday’s tournament at the Central Energy Trust Arena filled up quickly this time.
‘‘This event is about celebrating our community and the diversity which it holds, while supporting new migrants into Manawatu to socialise as well as gain some skills in the sport of football.’’
Acknowledged in 2013 with a New Zealand Diversity Award, the Ethkick is run with the support of Sport Manawatu, the Palmerston North City Council and the Marist Football Club,
The opening ceremony is at 8.30am with kick-off for the round robin at 9am. the finals take place at 4.30pm.
Running in conjunction with the main tournament from 11am is Junior Ethkick. Introduced in 2014 as a kids’ football skills initiative for 13s and under, the youngsters will be coached in a skills and drills programme, followed by a mini World Cup-styled competition.
Players and supporters are encouraged to dress in their country of origin colours, with stalls and other children’s entertainment.
Kelvin Hove from team Sunny Zimbabwe and Madison Buchanan from team European Elite contest the ball in during Ethkick 2015.