Wellington, May 29, 2019
Wellington Phoenix Football Club capped off a successful year on and off the field with their annual end of season awards at Te Papa Museum on May 23, 2019.
Roy Krishna picked up three Awards – the ‘Players’ Player Of The Year,’ ‘Huawei Player of the Year’ and the ‘Golden Boot Award.’
Alex Rufer deservedly took the inaugural ‘Bandage Award’ as well as the ‘Lloyd Morrison Award’ for his outstanding commitment and tireless efforts.
David Williams won the ‘Goal of the Year.’
Among the other winners at the Awards Ceremony were Liberato Cacace (‘Members U-23 Player of the Year),’ Steve Lyne (‘Fan of the Year’), ‘Esther and Gus Hutton’ (‘Volunteer of the Year’) and Tom Bray, Marketing and Communications Executive (Staff Member of the Year).
It was heart-warming to see how gracious and humble all the recipients were at their moment of glory, by acknowledging their teammates, coaches, fellow nominees, support staff, family and fans.
I look forward to supporting them to build on this success and further developing the Wellington Phoenix Diversity and Inclusion Programme.
I consider it a great privilege to coordinate the launch of the Wellington Phoenix Football Diversity and Inclusion Programme at Civic Square in Wellington.
Diversity and Inclusion Programme
The Programme provides complimentary season passes and free train transport and WiFi on game day for Wellington Phoenix’s 2018-2019 home games at Westpac Stadium.
This comprises newcomers to the regions including our former refugee communities.
It focuses on promoting wellbeing outcomes for young people and their families and on people who may not be able to afford or have the opportunity to attend Football games.
The Programme fosters inclusivity by using sport as a vehicle to help our diverse communities positively engage with one another.
Approximately 900 people will benefit from the Programme in 2018-2019.
Rakesh Naidoo is an Inspector of the New Zealand Police and is its Principle Advisor based in Wellington. As well as being a Football enthusiast, he has been actively promoting players, coaches and beginners and organisations such as the Wellington Phoenix Football Club. The above article, which appeared in LinkedIn, has been published here with additions and modifications.