As a direct result of Sunshine Coast FC’s sponsorship arrangement with Nike, the club has been successful in being granted the right to host the prestigious under 15 boys Manchester United Nike Premier Cup (Queensland Tournament). This worldwide tournament has grown in stature since its inception some 13 years ago. Twenty finalist teams from around the world are grouped and played off in a round robin series.
The successful team from the Queensland Tournament will be flown to Melbourne all expenses paid by Nike to participate in the Australian final. The winning team of the Australian Finals and the New Zealand finals will play a one off game the “Pacific Final” for the right to represent the Pacific world finals in August. The Pacific Final will be played on the weekend of 2-3 or 9-10 May and the venue will be in the Australian Team winners home state.
The winner of this Final is then flown to either the UK or Asia to play off against the best teams in the world for the ultimate glory of world champion. Nike again funds the full costs of the Australian/New Zealand champion.
Managing Director of Sunshine Coast FC, Mr Noel Woodall said he was delighted with the decision by Nike and Football Queensland to entrust the tournament to Sunshine Coast FC. He also said the decision by Sunshine Coast FC to seek the Tournament was consistent with the Clubs commitment to the nurturing and development of young footballers. The tournament will be held at Stockland Park on 21st March 2009.
Nike Man U Premier Cup – Pool Games 2009
The images below are random images from the Pool Games. Click on them to view larger version.
Final – Loganholme FC v Souths United
The Final of the Nike Manchester United Premier Cup – 2009 Qld Tournament was held on Saturday 21st March at Stockland Park, Kawana. On a day which saw the cancellation of most sporting events on the Sunshine Coast, the Tournament went ahead despite challenging weather and field conditions. The contrast between the beginning of the day, with heavy downpours and wet pitches, to the blue skies and bright sunshine during the Final couldn’t have been much starker.