• 24-Hour Football Festival for Bay

24-Hour Football Festival for Bay

Central Football – Hawke’s Bay will attempt to raise significant monies for our Breaking Down Barriers fund by hosting a 24-hour Football Festival weekend on the 27 & 28th March.


This will be the second attempt at the event after having to cancel due to COVID-19 in 2020. Postponing 2020 has allowed Central Football to look at a revamped version for this edition. To allow more community involvement, Central will host the event at two locations with two x 12 hour days, making it more accessible to people across the whole region.


The concept is a simple one, to raise money and celebrate football through football. This Festival will include multiple football games & activities including competitive matches. Item auctions will also be available to bid on via CF social media in the days leading up to the festival.


 “We wanted to come up with something different which,  as well as raising funds,  enforces our commitment to the community. We are looking forward to the ongoing impact this will have across the Federation in Football & Futsal throughout the year ," said CF Community Development Manager Leon Birnie.


The Festival will encompass Junior Football matches, Charity Cup Games, Teachers v Students matches, Tiny Tots sessions, Football Boot Camp with a personal trainer and a Special Olympics session among others.  Some parts will be user pays and others will be covered via sponsorship.



The monies raised will go into our Breaking Down Barrier Fund.  People/Clubs/Schools who qualify will be able to apply to CF to assist with, but not limited to:

·  Playing Apparel, boots and shin pads

·  Provide resources and support to low decile schools to facilitate football activities

·  Launch football in the ethnic diverse communities


CF CEO, Darren Mason added: –

“This is a really great idea that our development team have come up with and we’re hoping it gets plenty of support. It’s not just an opportunity for the football community to come together but the business community and general public to be involved also. The original brainstorm came from our Marketing Co-Ordinator, Kara Ross and has now become this really exciting concept. I’m looking forward to seeing where Kara and our Hawke’s Bay team have taken it to by the time it kicks off on the 27th March, but I am sure our local community will get behind it.” 


Saturday 27th March Venue: Park Island, Napier
8.00am – 8.00pm

Sunday 28th March Venue: St Leonards Park, Hastings
8.00am – 8.00pm