In an affectionate homage to legendary Aussie band, The Go Betweens, the Reclink Community Cup will return to the football field this winter to see local musicians take on the Adelaide media.

This year’s theme ‘Streets of Your Town’ will be celebrated by each host city in Australia with their own unique enthusiasm and style and will hit Adelaide on Sunday, July 16.

Kicking off in Melbourne, the friendly football match that raises money for Reclink Australia to run programs for disenfranchised and disadvantaged people will then travel to Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Hobart and Perth.

Last year, under the expert co-coaching of You Am I’s Tim Rogers and ABC rock star Peter Goers, the musicians (The Rockatoos) took home the trophy after a close game against the media (The Anchors), co-coached by The Honourable Tammy Franks, Greens MLC, and Labor Minister The Honourable Kyam Maher MLC.

Anchors Co-Coach Tammy Franks said, “I’m so keen to be a part of the Adelaide leg of the Reclink Community Cup again this year. What’s not to love about pitting musos against media in a fabulously loose footy match that raises funds for both arts and sports opportunities for those people who have so few. I also can’t wait to watch The Anchors take out that Cup. It’s our year. Surely, it’s our year? Carn the red and white!”

Last year The Rockatoos featured the football prowess from such musicians and bands as The Grenadiers, Bad//Dreems, Hana Brenecki, Joe Braithwaite, Koral Chandler and Ella Germein, while the Anchors took strength from the likes of Channel 9’s Jessica Braithwaite, The Advertiser’s Political Editor Tory Shepherd, The Australian’s Adelaide Bureau Chief Michael Owen, ABC State Political Reporter Nick Harmsen, Fresh 92.7’s Jay Bangers and City Mag Editor Farrin Foster; with Labor Minister, The Honourable Peter Malinauskas and Port Adelaide Football Club Assistant Coach Nathan Bassett taking to the field to bring weight to the mighty Anchors.

Through pre and post-match events and game day, as well as the generous support of businesses, organisations and individuals, the Adelaide Reclink Community Cup raised more than $19,000 which will go towards sport and arts programs and equipment for some of South Australia’s most vulnerable and isolated.

With more than 1500 spectators through the gates of Coopers Stadium, Norwood in 2016, the event’s festive, family friendly atmosphere is the reason players, sponsors and supporters have returned each year since its inaugural match in 2015.

Last year, the Adelaide Reclink Community Cup was sponsored by Radio Adelaide, Three D, Fresh 927, Coopers, Channel 9, Norwood FC/Coopers Stadium, The Wheatsheaf Hotel, The Grace Emily Hotel, Scene Change, XL Security, Pirate Life, Musitec, Foodland Norwood, Young Henry’s, MEAA, Active Bodies Physiotherapy, Adelaide Vintage Watch Restorations, Against The Grain Publicity, The Salt, St. Johns and Music SA, with many returning to show their support in 2017.

With its humble beginnings in Melbourne in 1993, the Cup grew steadily to a highly successful regular national event attracting players and supporters like Paul Kelly, Courtney Barnett, Dan Sultan, The Honourable Anthony Albanese MP and Senator Penny Wong.

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The game shows the sporting abilities (and lack thereof) from many of our favourite media and music personalities and registrations are now open in Adelaide, with the line-up for pre-game, post-game and halftime entertainment yet to be revealed.

“We are delighted to once again work with our talented Organising Committees across Australia to bring the Reclink Community Cup to the streets of your town. This year’s theme is all about community, the importance of social inclusion, celebrating diversity and community belonging. We are reminded that the streets of your town are the streets of our town,” John Ballis, CEO, Reclink Australia said.

This year the Reclink Community Cup also welcomes a new national event sponsor Blundstone Australia, who are delighted and proud to be involved as a national partner.

“The partnership with the Reclink Community Cup is a great fit for the homegrown, iconic brand Blundstone and leverages our support of Australian sports, music and arts for a good cause. We’re excited to kick off the National Tour and wish all the teams the best with their training,” said Adam Blake, Blundstone Global Head – Brand, Design and Community Engagement.

Supported by loyal volunteers, Reclink Australia delivers specialist programs for at-risk youth, people with mental illness, disability, people experiencing homelessness and domestic violence, and those facing alcohol, gambling and substance addictions.

Come and support the musicians and media personalities from the streets of your town at Coopers Stadium on Sunday July 16.

Photos by John Goodridge

Community Cup National Poster 2017