AFL Europe is thrilled to announce that applications are now open for the Australian Spirit and Umpiring team to participate in the 11th Annual ANZAC Cup in Villers-Bretonneux, France.
The small town of Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France has a strong connection with Australian Armed Forces. On 24th April 1918, the town was captured by German forces. Overnight the Australian troops retaliated and by dawn on the 25th April 1918, the town had been retaken.
The ANZAC Cup is played between the Australian Spirit team and French national sides for both men and women and is part of the annual ‘Australia Week’ celebrations held in Villers-Bretonneux in the lead up to ANZAC Day.
Players and umpires will be expected to arrive in VB on Wednesday 24th of April to attend the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day. Matches will be played on Saturday, April 27th with teams departing VB the following day.
The ANZAC Cup fee is £100 per player and includes a full playing kit and billeted accommodation for the duration of their stay.
Applications are welcome from any Australian or New Zealander with selection for the event emphasised on a player’s personal connection to WW1 and the Armed Forces and not just purely football/umpire ability.
Players/Umpires interested in applying for the 11th Annual ANZAC Cup should express interest to email@example.com to receive an information sheet and application form.
Application forms must be returned by Saturday 1st December to be considered.
Will Taylor – AFL Europe