In just over a week’s time, some of the biggest names in football will be taking to the field at Apex Oval in Dubbo. Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) has been working alongside some amazing local businesses, and junior football clubs, to bring the game to life. The Newcastle Jets v Sydney FC A-League pre-season game is the first event delivered under Dubbo Regional Council’s Major Event Partnership Program, where six local businesses have partnered with DRC to attract these major players.

“It’s incredible to see support from our sponsors McDonalds Dubbo, Dubbo RSL, Commercial Hotel, Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, Kennards Dubbo, and Signs2Go. These businesses are helping deliver events like the A-League in an extremely competitive market, where these sorts of events are going to the highest bidder,” said Clr Ben Shields, Mayor of the Dubbo Region.

Secretary of the Dubbo and District Football Association, Jim Auld says the A-League visit will create opportunities and lifetime memories for young, aspiring footballers. More than 50 players will be drawn from 10 different local clubs to have a chance to run out at half-time, and play on the same field as their biggest stars.

“Under six girls and boys will play during the curtain-raiser, and at half-time in the big game. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many juniors who may never get the chance to share a field with elite players like this again,” said Mr Auld.

Council’s Events and Partnerships Team Leader Lana Willetts says the A-League match is just the beginning of attracting major events to the Dubbo Region.

“These local businesses understand the importance of working with Council to attract events that will return economic, social, reputation and legacy outcomes for the local government area,” said Ms Willetts.

While the junior stars will meet their biggest sporting heroes on game day, other members of the public will have a chance to meet with the players too, at player appearances happening around Dubbo in the lead-up to the match.

“Our sponsors are helping support the A-League, by hosting player appearances at their venues, which include the Dubbo RSL Club, McDonald’s and the Commercial Hotel and at Macquarie Anglican Grammar School’s Spring Fair,” said Ms Willetts.

Nicole Carmichael, owner of McDonald’s Dubbo and Wellington says she’s thrilled to be part of the event.

“McDonald's Dubbo and Wellington have been long-time supporters of local events and we are now extremely excited to extend this support to help bring major events to the Dubbo Region.  As a proud member of the community, McDonalds sees enormous value in supporting Council’s efforts and in doing so help the community in which we live and raise our family,” said Ms Carmichael.


Last Edited: 13 Sep 2019

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