Celebrate Footballing Excellence!

Celebrate Footballing Excellence!

By on Oct 6, 2014 in News | 0 comments

Football lovers are invited to a “Celebration of Excellence” dinner in Auckland in November (click here for a programme covering the evening’s activities).

Speakers include incoming All Whites coach Anthony Hudson and New Zealand Football’s new CEO, Andy Martin, who will feature in a Q&A session. A highlight of the evening will be the honouring of one of New Zealand’s most decorated All Whites, with details announced closer to the dinner.

Tickets can be bought directly from event organisers Friends of Football (see below).

The dinner, on Thursday November 6 at the Auckland Grammar School Old Boys’ Pavilion, Epsom, is being staged by Friends of Football in association with NZF and NZ Football Media Association. The function will also incorporate the NZ Football Media Awards for 2014.

“The dinner will give everyone who loves football the chance to celebrate the game, and recognise the achievements of those who are setting the highest standards,” said FoF chair John Morris.

All Whites coach Anthony Hudson will share some of his career highlights and his vision for the national team while CEO Andy Martin will provide an insight to the thinking that’s going into the future direction of the sport.

“We’re delighted to be working closely with the Friends of Football in delivering this event for the football community. We have a number of key projects underway as we continue to drive the game forwards and this event gives us a great opportunity to share our vision for the game with a large number of important stakeholders in New Zealand,” Andy Martin said.

Anthony Hudson is looking forward to sharing his plans with the game’s supporters.

“This is a great opportunity for me to outline our plans for the All Whites with key supporters of the game in New Zealand as we build towards qualification for Russia in 2018. It will also be an excellent chance to connect and learn from a number of people who have made important contributions to the All Whites and to the game in general over a number of years,” he said.


Tickets for the event cost $85 (FoF members), $99 (non-members) or $680 for a table of eight, and can be ordered by emailing FoF’s Brian Turner (brian-turner@xtra.co.nz), Barbara Cox (b_cox@xtra.co.nz) or Armin Lindenberg (arminlindenberg@xtra.co.nz).

Friends of Football is a not-for-profit organisation with the goal of facilitating football related events, celebrations and fundraising for worthy football causes.

The media awards will honour the best print and broadcast achievements of the past year.

NZ Football Media Association spokesman Simon Kay said: “We’re looking forward to acknowledging the best of Kiwi football on and off the pitch and in the media. This is an exciting initiative uniting many people from different arenas who share a passion for the game.”


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