Asian youth bonus for 2007 Kanga tournament

Established in 1991, the McDonald’s Kanga Cup is fifth largest youth football event of its kind in the world and Australia's largest and oldest tournament for 10-18 year old boys and girls. Each year around 200 teams converge on Australia's capital, Canberra, an Olympic Football City in 2000, for a festival week of world-class football competition and cultural experiences. Many international teams are expected to compete in 2007 from Asia to Oceania. The Kanga Cup has evolved over its history and now caters for all standards in the competitions. The Cup and Plate competitions take place within the age group (a minimum of 8 teams required to make the Plate competition viable).

With the sanction of the Asian Football Confederation and Football Federation Australia, this year the McDonald’s Kanga Cup will be played from 8-13 July 2007 with the philosophy “Uniting the Youth of the World through Football”. This theme is extended to the competitive, social and ceremonial aspects of the tournament. A special feature of the international focus developed by the host Football Association, Capital Football, is the 2007 Kanga Cup Asian Fellowship which aims to extend a hand of friendship to Australian football's new Asian partners.

Financially disadvantaged teams from throughout the Asian Football Confederation are encouraged to apply for the Fellowship as ONE boy’s or girl’s under 13-15 non-national team based in an AFC member country (apart from Australia) will be selected to receive:

FREE return land transfer from Sydney to Canberra and transport in Canberra (thanks to Murrays Australia),
FREE accommodation (3 stars), food and tour whilst at the tournament (seven nights) – supported by the AIS,
FREE Kanga Cup clothing (polo top, polar fleece, beanie and gloves) to assist with acclimatisation (courtesy of the host Capital Football),
PLUS pay no competition fees (courtesy of the host Capital Football)

This Fellowship, valued at AU$14 000, is for a total of 18 people (including officials). The panel, which will select the successful Fellowship team, will consist of a representative from Capital Football, the Australian Institute of Sport and the Australian Trade Commission. The panel’s decision will be final. We recommend that the application come by registered post.

Come and compete against the Aussies in a long running youth football tournament. Act before 30 March to receive the Early Bird discount.

Full Competition and Fellowship application forms are available for downloading on the internet at www.kangacup.com or contact Steven McIntyre, Event Coordinator, Capital Football & McDonald's Kanga Cup. T: +61 (0)2 6260 4000; F: +61 (0)2 6260 4999; E: kangacup@capitalfootball.com.au.

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