The round 4 Gold Coast Gold United game against Newcastle was worth more than ladder rungs to Byron Bay FC who were nominated for the Hyundai ‘Goals for Grassroots’ program.
This program guarantees a $1000 donation to the nominated club while also adding some spicy competitive tension to Hyundai A-League matches.
The twist lies in the challenge presented on match day where every goal scored by the Hyundai A-League home team will secure the nominated club an additional $1000 with the maximum donation capped at $5000. Accordingly, on Sunday October 30th each goal scored by Gold Coast United against Newcastle Jets added another $1000 to the Byron Bay coffers and with the final whistle blowing at 3-1 to Gold Coast the grassroots candidates were cheering louder than anyone.
Yet United’s role in these winnings went beyond Sunday’s match as players Sami Tesfagabr and Aman Hadid attended a Byron Bay FC training session to supply some inspiration and get to know their grassroots supporters earlier in the week.
The eager Byron Bay footballers, aged between 6 to 10 years, were delighted to perform alongside the experienced United players during their early morning training session.
The team, clustered around the United pair, practiced drills before playing a friendly internal match with Sami and Aman contributing fancy football tips and confiding the winning secrets of professional football.
Yet the United players did not only impress with their football talent and skillful guidance, Sami and Aman also scored some points in the fashion department.
The young Byron Bay team were highly amused when Amen chose to play the entire football match styling in his sunglasses - despite the fact they were continuously falling off his nose.
Sunglasses included, the gold and blue duo were a hit with the young footballers according to Gold Coast United Community and Events Manager Nicole van Leeuwestyn.
“The Byron Bay kids were excited to be training with Sami and Aman. Fans living in Northern NSW don’t have easy access to games or autograph sessions because of the distance, it was nice to get our players down there to visit them,” said Nicole.