Teams to contest Bill MacGowan Memorial Trophy at our eighth annual golf day

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Friends of Football will host their eighth annual golf day at Huapai Golf Club on Thursday June 1, 2023.

PLEASE NOTE: This story has been updated following the postponement of the event from May 11, due to weather.

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It’s another opportunity for our members and supporters to get together for a day of golf and football banter as they play the course beside Auckland’s Coatesville-Riverhead Highway.

Teams of four will compete for the Bill MacGowan Memorial Trophy and an array of fantastic prizes.

Such is the popularity of the event, our entries have completely filled in advance.

However, if you have a team of four interested in future events, please email [email protected] to go on our waiting list.

Proceeds from the Toyo Tires-sponsored day will support Friends of Football’s efforts to back projects and activities that benefit the game in New Zealand.

Teams will gather for refreshments by 11am, ready for a shotgun start at 12pm.

After 18 holes, players will enjoy post-game hospitality, including a buffet dinner and a prizegiving that will put a smile on any golfer’s face.

More prizes and unique football-related items will go under the auctioneer’s hammer or through our raffles.

Our venue

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Our main sponsor

Our prize sponsors

Remembering Bill MacGowan

Our trophy for the winning team is named after the late Bill MacGowan, one of New Zealand sport’s best administrators, who died in 2018.

With the help of Bill’s wife, Trish, we introduced the trophy in his name for our 2019 golf day.

We’re proud to celebrate the memory of Bill MacGowan again this year.

Last year’s winners

Last year’s winning team with Trish MacGowan.

2JC Electrical were the 2022 winners of the Bill MacGowan Memorial Trophy.

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90s Waitakere City won the trophy in 2021.

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Our Helping Hand Fund

Friends of Football Helping Hand Fund supports football-related projects that benefit the sport in an innovative way.

The fund has up to $20,000 available to support suitable projects.

Our aim is to get behind the type of project — or even a number of projects — that might otherwise be lost because there is no current way to easily get them off the ground.

Individuals or organisations are welcome to apply for funding providing their proposal meets the following criteria:

  • It has significant benefit for football in New Zealand.
  • The proposal has clear and measurable objectives.
  • The applicant can demonstrate an ability to successfully achieve the objective(s) within an agreed timeframe.
  • The project cannot be easily funded through applications to traditional sources of support, such as gaming trusts.

This fund isn’t for clubs to seek money to buy apparel or equipment. There are many other sources of funding for those types of items.

Friends of Football is looking for the type of initiative where someone, or an organisation, has seen an opportunity to do something that has the potential to make a real difference, but they need a helping hand.

How to apply

Applications will open soon for our next round of funding. Please check our website for details.

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