It was another busy month of community visits during September for Adelaide United.
From appearing at the Royal Adelaide Show, to attending several junior clubs under the United Clubs Program, presented by the Motor Accident Commission, as well as a hospital visit; the Reds were out and about giving back.
Royal Adelaide Show
Adelaide United together with Premier Partner IGA were at The Royal Adelaide Show between 5-9 of September. Sixteen players from our senior squad interacted with the community, greeting hundreds of fans at the IGA Exhibit in the Goyder Pavilion.
Reds Captain, Isaías, Mirko Boland, Isaac Richards, George Blackwood, Ken Ilsø, Nathan Konstandopoulos, Craig Goodwin, Paul Izzo, Ryan Strain, Vince Lia, Scott Galloway, Michael Jakobsen, Ben Halloran, Lachlan Brook, Louis D’Arrigo, and Taylor Regan all appeared at various stages throughout the afternoons of the first four days. They signed autographs, took photos, played FIFA 18 and Foosball with the excited supporters, who got to meet their heroes. A number of executive staff from the Club also helped out and attended the exhibit.
Adelaide United Fan Day
On Saturday 15, September Adelaide United hosted a Fan Day at Coopers Stadium. Approximately 500 supporters braved the wind and rain to watch the team train in an open training session. There was also a gold coin donation barbeque put on by our Charity Partner, Foodbank SA, with the money raised going towards facilitating their operations and helping the fight against food insecurity. Fans could also purchase new 2018/19 merchandise as well as attend the kit presentations with the day ending in a signing session.
Playford United Invitational
At Ridley Reserve on Friday, 21 September Adelaide United helped support the Playford United Invitational held by the Playford City Council. The tournament had three divisions and pitted schools from within the northern suburbs of Adelaide together as they competed for the respective titles. Emily Condon, Emily Hodgson, and new signing Dylan Holmes were present from our Westfield W-League squad, meeting students from the different schools and signing autographs. Meanwhile, later in the afternoon, Jared Clark, Ninko Beric and Kyle Crout from the Club’s Youth Team attended the event and spoke to the students, while watching the matches unfold, in addition to being part of the post-tournament presentation.
United Club Visits, presented by the Motor Accident Commission
Sarah Willacy, Laura Johns, Louis D’Arrgio, and Daniel Marguš supported Cumberland United’s Gala Day at Bailey Reserve on Saturday 22, September. Around 1000 people were in attendance as fans got to take photos as well as take part in a signing session.
On the same day, the Elizabeth and Districts Junior Soccer Association (EDJSA) Challenge Cup occurred with Reds duo Lachlan Brook and Pacifique Niyongabire visiting the tournament. Meanwhile, later that afternoon Scott Galloway and Craig Goodwin helped present awards at Adelaide City’s junior presentations.
The following day, Ken Ilsø and George Blackwood visited Port Adelaide Pirates and had a lot of fun, participating in small sided games as well as signing autographs for the kids.
Furthermore, Isaac Richards and Apostolos Stamatelopoulos, attended Sturt Lions presentations. More than 500 people were present as the pair were on hand to assist in the formalities of the day.
Women’s and Children’s Hospital visit for Footy Colours Day
Players from both our Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League squads visited the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on Monday, 24 September as part of Fight Cancer Foundation’s Footy Colours Day initiative. Reds Captain, Isaías, Mirko Boland, Paul Izzo, Kristin Konstandopoulos, Georgia Campagnale, and Chelsie Dawber joined the Hospital School in a learning session, meeting kids and spreading some cheer.
They handed out Adelaide United scarfs and signed team posters as well as participate in some arts and crafts activities. The players then headed to the oncology ward to visit the kids who were unable to attend the classroom session.