The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour 2023™ visited Lake Macquarie Football Facility and Coffs Coast Synthetic over the June long weekend, giving communities within northern NSW the opportunity to get up close with the most prestigious trophy in women’s football.
The festivities kicked off at Speers Point on Sunday 11 with a Club Gala Day, featuring MiniRoos-style games for children ages six to 11. This was followed by a Women’s Five-Aside Tournament with divisions for 14s, 16s and open women.
Matildas alumni Renaye Iserief and Trae McGovern attended the day, signing autographs and taking photos with aspiring future Matildas and Socceroos.
Another Matildas alumni Cheryl Salisbury also visited, participating in a Q & A with our Northern NSW Football General Manager NSW Football Legacy, Annelise Rosnell.
2023 Liberty A-League Women’s Referee of the Year Casey Reibelt ran a referee workshop, sharing her experiences as a professional referee, her journey to date and advice for up and coming referees with local aspiring and seasoned referees.
Local coaches were given the opportunity to hear from CommBank Matildas Assistant Coach Mel Andreatta in a Q & A with Northern NSW Football Technical Director Ryan Doidge in a coaching workshop. Attendees were then led in a masterclass of “The art of the intervention" by Doidge.
The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour 2023™ next travelled up north to Coffs Harbour on Monday 12 for another full day of football fun.
Hundreds of locals flocked out to take a look at the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ Original Trophy with their own eyes and take part in the festivities of the day including another Club Gala Day, photo booths and face painting.
Northern NSW Football CEO Peter Haynes was extremely pleased with the positive response from the FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour 2023™.
“This event was a special chance for football lovers to see the most prestigious trophy in women’s football up close and personal,” Haynes said.
“It was wonderful to see so many members of the northern NSW community come together and participate in all of the football festivities on offer.”
Annelise Rosnell echoed the success of the two-day event.
“The FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy Tour 2023™ was a fantastic opportunity for the local community of northern NSW to connect with the tournament and create memories that they will reflect on for years to come,” Rosnell said.
“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023™ only 36 days away, the buzz is only continuing to grow within our football family.”
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