ANZAC Cup 2018 Applications Now Open!

AFL Europe is excited to announce that applications are now open for the Australian Spirit and Umpiring team to participate in the 10th Annual ANZAC Cup in Villers-Bretonneux, France.

The 2018 ANZAC Cup will be extra special with it not only being the 10th ANZAC Cup but also the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. As such, the matches next year will take place on Wednesday 25th April following the Dawn Service.

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 be 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 ‘Australia Week’ celebrations held in Villers-Bretonneux in the lead up to ANZAC Day.

Players and Umpires will be expected to arrive in VB by Midday on Tuesday 24th of April. Participants are expected to attend the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day and ideally stay with their billet family until Thursday 26th April.

The ANZAC Cup costs £100 per player/umpire and includes; full playing kit, team uniform, billeted accommodation, dinner on the Tuesday evening and lunch on the Wednesday.

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 10th Annual ANZAC Cup should express interest to ben.durance@afleurope.org to receive an information sheet and application form. Application forms need to be returned by Friday 1st December to be considered.

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