The Inaugural Adelaide Reclink Community Cup, hosted at Coopers Stadium, Norwood on Sunday August 16 is being hailed as the first success of many for the event in South Australia.
More than 1,100 spectators streamed through the gates as event organisers raised over $16,000 for national not-for-profit organisation Reclink Australia, a result that not only aids Reclink in supporting those in need though their community arts and sports programs, but cements the future of the event in Adelaide.
“What a great achievement for the first year. Feedback from people who attend was overwhelmingly positive and augers well for the future of this grassroots iconic community event in Adelaide,” said Reclink Australia CEO, John Baills.
“Where only $500 can provide a year of Tai Chi for 10 Reclink community members, the resources created through this event will go a long way within the community, and this couldn’t have happened without the assistance from the Premiers Department, sponsors, volunteers, players, bands, musicians, media, football personalities, members of parliament and everyone who was involved in the event.”
Founder of the Reclink Community Cup, Jason ‘Evo’ Evans, said that the inaugural Adelaide Reclink Community Cup was nothing less than a runaway success.
“Without the work of Koral [Chandler], Farrin [Foster] and their team this event would not have been the success that it was. To all the sponsors and supporters of the vision that is bringing people together through Australian Rock ‘n’ Roll and football, thank you,” he said.
Local organiser Koral Chandler, said she was overwhelmed with the support the Adelaide community had showed her and the team over the past months.
“The scope of what we have achieved in the first year for the Cup in Adelaide is a testament to the amazing community spirit alive in this town. From Graham Cornes lending a hand in umpiring duties to Senator Penny Wong tossing the coin and Minister Kyam Maher tearing up the field all the way over to the generosity of the sponsors, we really kicked some literal and figurative goals on Sunday,” she said.
The Reclink Community Cup will return to Adelaide in 2016, with dates, teams and venues announced mid next year.
The Adelaide Reclink Community Cup is sponsored by Radio Adelaide, Three D, Fresh 927, Coopers, Channel 9, Norwood FC/Coopers Stadium, The Wheatsheaf Hotel, The Grace Emily Hotel, Scene Change, XL Security, Pirate Life, Musitec, Foodland Norwood, Young Henry's, MEAA, Active Bodies Physiotherapy, Adelaide Vintage Watch Restorations, Against The Grain Publicity, The Salt, Rip It Up, St. Johns and Music SA.
Photo Credit: Andre Castellucci