Uplay Community Cup

Auckland Football Federation in the Community

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The Uplay Community Cup is just one of many activities the Auckland Football Federation plays an active role.

What is the Uplay Community Cup?

Do you have a passion for football but are not involved with a club? Want to take part in a fun football event? Then the AFF Uplay Community Cup could be for you!

In partnership with the Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland Football Federation (AFF) is pleased to stage the inaugural Uplay tournament, an event aimed at providing a medium for people to be introduced to and access Auckland’s regional football community.

“Our objective is to create a football product that meets the needs of the changing and diverse groups in Auckland,” AFF Game Development Manager Angela Wallbank says.

“There are currently over 20,000 people participating in AFF-affiliated activities but we acknowledge that there are likely to be tens of thousands more taking part in football in various other forms.”

Auckland Football is looking to bring some of those people together for the one-day tournament, held at the Unitec Mt Albert campus on Saturday 7 November. Play will take place in a 9-a-side format on half of a full-size pitch, enabling players to participate in a condensed version of football that still reproduces moments realistic of the full-sided game.

The day will not just be about playing football with Auckland Football and Unitec both keen to utilise the event to promote a message of healthy living.

“Sport and health are two industries that go hand-in-hand with each other. While men often relate to and engage in sport very easily, there is often a stigma around seeking medical and health service assistance,” explains Wallbank.

“Our vision is to begin reducing the barriers between men and health services by using football as a medium for delivery.”

Men’s health will be promoted throughout the event in three ways – participation, education and introduction.

Men will have the opportunity to participate in a minimum of four 30-minute modified games. Each team will play in a one game on-one game off format and, during their down time, will be able to explore a number of health service-related stalls with opportunities to have discussions and gather educational resources.

Auckland Football will also be looking to engage osteopathic and nursing students at Unitec, as well as a number of other wellbeing practitioners to deliver free introductory health services. These will serve as an opportunity for men to trial health services in a non-discriminate and obligation-free environment.

Teams can enter by filling out a registration form and sending it through to angela@aucklandfootball.org.nz or dropping it in to Unitec Student Central.