Ethkick12 Committee

Ethkick12 Committee is a Palmerston North initiative working to bring together and celebrate ethnic communities through football.

Ethkick celebrates cultural diversity. There are few countries in the world that do not play football.  Football helps break down barriers between different cultures.    Football gives local communities pride in playing for their own country. Football most importantly, is inclusive and everyone has the right to participate.  Football is like an international language, almost everyone speaks it.  Football makes communities strong.

It does not matter where you go in the world; Football is played, from a beautiful stadium or a muddy field, with two tin cans to show the goal. There is pleasure, enjoyment and respect in the game of football.

Involved with the programme are, the Department of Internal Affairs, the Police, Settlement Support, Ministry of Social Development, Refugee Services, Palmerston North City Council and the Palmerston North Ethnic Council.

Ethkick Football Tournaments are held also in different parts of New Zealand the local winners participate in the New Zealand cup tournament final sponsored by Police.

Project 2012

This year Ethkick12 will be held at Arena Manawatu Palmerston North on Saturday 18 February 2012. The tournament will be held for one day.  Teams will be male, female or mixed, aged 14 and over on 1 January 2012.  All players are to live in the Palmerston North/Manawatu area.

Ethkick12 will be played earlier this year and the organisers are urging ethnic communities to note the new date and forward their registrations as soon as possible, there is no charge.

Any queries are to be directed to Kathy McMillian at Sports Manawatu phone 3575349.

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