Whangarei is ramping up the excitement at the start of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 Trophy Tour.
With a little over 12 months to go until the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 kicks-off, the trophy will start its journey around New Zealand in Waitangi on 5 May.
Then at 9am on 6 May the trophy will be at the Whangarei Town Basin, where you can get up close and see one of the most prized possessions in world football, take a picture and have a chat to some of the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 organising committee and ambassadors of the tournament.
At 10am attention will move to Laurie Hall Park where there will be football activities, bouncy castles and more.
“This really is a significant event in the lead up to next years tournament,” said WDC Economic Development Manager Pete Gleeson
“It’s great that people in Whangarei will be some of the first to see the trophy.
“Trophy tours have become part of the excitement with many major tournaments and this is no exception.
Northern Football federation Development Officer Dave Alabaster said that the football fraternity is already really excited about this tournament and we can’t wait to get a look at the trophy.
“The FIFA U-20 World Cup is the second largest global football tournament, it is where the future superstars of world football are discovered. With so many young players in Northland this tournament will be hugely inspirational for them and is a fantastic boost for the game.
“We hope that people will take the opportunity to come down and check out the trophy and some of the best football they will ever see when the tournament starts in May 2015,” Mr Alabaster said.
From Whangarei the trophy goes to North Harbour Stadium in Auckland on the evening of 6 May for a Junior All Whites v Fiji match, it then travels throughout 40 destinations across New Zealand before coming back to Auckland on 30 May, exactly 12 months before the tournament will kick off, where it will be the centrepiece for an All Whites v South Africa friendly international at Mt Smart Stadium.
Tickets for the event also go on sale to the football family for an exclusive three week period from 28 April, before going on general public sale on 13 June 2014. Find out how you can purchase tickets at www.fifa.com/nz2015.