Registrations are already overflowing for this year’s Ethkick footy day.
The football competition is back and bigger than ever as 40 teams return to the Central Energy Trust Arena for its eighth year running.
Committee secretary Mike Sahayam said the registrations were already full, with two teams on standby.
He said the sevens-style tournament coincides with the Festival of Cultures and encourages different cultures to come together in celebration.
It also encouraged new migrants into Manawatu to socialise and gain football skills.
People from Afghanistan, Burma, the Middle East, Africa, China, Vietnam and many more are taking part in the tournament, which has turned into a big community event over the years.
“We started off with just teams and now the community is behind it,” Sahayam said.
About 40 teams of 10, will verse each other in the seven-aside tournament.
Ethkick is a fun family event encouraging people to come together as a community.
A junior Ethkick event is being held at the Arena for children aged between 4 and 12. Kids are offered free skill activities and small-sided games.
“We have a lot of kids involved that may not have played football before so it’s great to see them taking part,” Sahayam said.
A bouncy castle and spot prizes would also be set up for the kids.
In 2013, the Ethkick Committee were awarded a New Zealand Diversity Award for the multicultural football tournament.
The first match will kick-off at 9am on February 20. The junior tournament runs from 11am to 2pm.
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