Cambridge FC’s Elliot Cooper is running a special raffle this Saturday (June 30) to help raise funds to get him to this year’s FISU World University Futsal Championship in Kazakhstan where he will represent his country.
The Reds midfielder (pictured playing for Cambridge against Claudelands Rovers, has been selected for the NZ University Futsal team to go to the world champs in August.
Cooper, who is a 4th-year physiotherapy student at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT), needs to raise $5,000 to get to the tournament.
The money is needed for his share of flights, accommodation, meals, travel insurance, entry and referee fees, training costs, coaching and management support and uniform.
Cooper is also raffling a UE Megaboom valued at $300 and you can buy a ticket from the bar at the senior clubrooms. The winning ticket will be drawn after Cambridge’s Northern League match against Onehunga Mangere United on Saturday June 30.
Cooper joined Cambridge this season after previously playing for Takapuna AFC in the Lotto NRFL second division.
As well as playing for the Reds, he doubles as the first team physio, being a member of Vigour Physiotherapy‘s team of sports specialists.
New Zealand will send men’s and women’s teams to the championships in Kazakhstan for the tournament being held between August 19-26.
The following nations have confirmed their registration for the 2018 FISU World University Futsal Championship – Afghanistan, Argentina, Belarus, Brazil, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Germany, Iran, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, New Zealand, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and the USA.