Having spent the last few years living abroad I now wish to rediscover my home city of Sydney to keep that 'travelling feeling' and share my findings with those that might want a bit of inspiration.
Spectate, volunteer, enjoy the vibe - Football Festival
For all those football fanatics out there who dream of playing football but are stuck behind a desk in the city all day, well you can have your cake and eat it too between Thursday 16 January & Monday 27 January 2014. The 4th annual Street Football Festival returns to Darling Harbour with almost 1000 players ranging from amateur to A-League and coming from all states. Get your company involved or head down as a spectator. Either way you can live and breathe the sport live even if only for a few hours.
The Festival is run by The Big Issue; a not-for-profit organization that aims to de-marginalise homeless & disadvantaged people – promoting social inclusion and raising their self-esteem. They and also raise awareness & provide employment with the generation of a street magazine; you may have seen this being sold regularly near CBD train-stations. The aim of the event is to raise funds for the Community Streets Soccer Program from sponsorship and to unite people from all walks of life. The event is free to watch and run annually.
Between 10am & 8pm daily, the floating football-pitch will return to Cockle Bay; giving new meaning to the phrase 'walking on water'. Throughout the 11 days there will be over 300 matches with several cups to be won. Games kick off at 10am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm & 6pm, with time slots for Juniors (mornings), corporate & government agency (afternoons & evenings), politicians & media personalities. There will also be a special session of freestyle football between 6.30-8.50pm on Saturday 25th for all you freestyle fans out there.
The final two days are the highlight of the festival, with Sunday January 26th being the Street Soccer National Qualifiers between 12 & 4pm, with the finals held the following day (public holiday) between 11am-2pm.
Games span the realms of youth, corporate even A-Leaguers
If you like football and want a break from the boardroom, why not head down during your lunch hour to watch the teams battle it out, or even sign up to participate; they're always looking for volunteers. Volunteer roles are diverse and range from pitch assistants, registration staff to scorers & gate managers. Help out for one shift (5.5 hours), help out for more... the choice is yours. It's a great way to meet new people and get involved in the community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more details. It's all for a great cause.