Football Club Fundraiser Celebrates Achievements of Young Members, Pays for New Gear
The Southside Eagles Football Club had a day of fun at their fundraiser and trophy day, held the 7th of September. The funds raised from the event went towards football gear for their junior football players. “The club presented trophies on the day to 300 kids [for] squirts to under-11-year-olds,” said Ken Roberts, a member of the club. “It was fun filled day with jumping castles , and the Brisbane Roar [a professional football club] inflatable soccer field.”
The Southside Eagles is a big part of the Brisbane community. The Southside Eagles is a non-profit community football club in southeast Brisbane, Queensland. The club, which includes male and female players of all ages, works to foster the spirit of football and sportsmanship, states the club’s site. The volunteer-run club includes over 60 teams and 600 members. The club regularly hosts football camps as well as a yearly carnival.
Ken said that members were notified about the event through emails. There was also a notice about the event in the club’s e-newsletter, also sent to club members.
Ken said the event was great for all ages. “[There was a] huge turnout, [which] started at 3 pm and ended at 6 30 pm. It was a great day for all the families and kids to socialize,” he said. “Two local politicians came down to hand out trophies.”
While the children were rewarded during the trophy ceremony and had fun with games, the adults had fun testing their luck with the club’s raffle. The raffle had prizes such as gourmet gift baskets donated by Brubecks Boutique Foods, private box seat tickets for upcoming football games and bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne and Duperry, donated by Hui Lawyers and Pro Town Planners, respectively. “The raffle on the day raised $520 for the club to go back into gear for the kids next season,” said Ken. In short, it was a great day for the football club as they celebrated their young talent and reinforce their commitment to their success.
Ken said that if you want to create your own family-friendly event, it’s important to stay on top of things. “Divide and organise,” he said.