It’s a sporting tournament like not other – an event which annual attracts more than 3000 visitors to the Great Lakes.
Once again the Great Lakes United Football Club will be hosting the Viking Challenge.
The six-aside soccer tournament will be held in Forster Tuncurry on the weekend of March 2-3 at the North Tuncurry Sporting Complex.
More than 180 teams consisting of 10 both male and female player sides from throughout the State will attend the two-day tournament.
Tournament spokesperson and Great Lakes United Football Club secretary, Kevin Stevens said the event injected more than $3 million into the local economy.
“The funds through entrance fees and food and drink sales and limited sponsorship are then used to run The Great lakes United Football Club,” Mr Stevens said.
“We have been able through these funds to increase playing numbers in winter for boys and girls over the last six years from 120 to 330 in 2018,” he said.
“We have also been able to put back into the Boronia Sporting Complex over the last six years, an amount in excess of $90,000.”
This money which – with grants from the State and local governments – has assisted in a number of projects including in drainage to number one field, drain and create a third field, the installation of lighting on all three fields and upgrading the amenities block.
“The standard of football is very high and we would encourage residents and visitors to come over and enjoy the event,” Mr Stevens said.
Mr Stevens acknowledged and thanked major sponsors, MidCoast Council, Lake Side Tavern, volunteers and community groups.
Contact Kevin Stevens on 0400 356 607 for more details.
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