Bathurst District Football club Charles Sturt University Football Club will be hoping to raise more than $10,000 during the 2021 Headspace Cup next month.
Now in its sixth year, the Headspace Cup raises money for youth mental health non-for-profit organisation Headspace.
While last year’s event was vastly impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, meaning crowds weren’t able to attend games, the 2021 edition is hoping to run smoothly, with organisers hoping to make this year the best one yet.
CSU FC social media and events coordinator Sophie Tarrant-Foder said $2,000 has already been raised through a push-up challenge held in June.
“Last year we raised over $10,000 which was amazing and it was our second biggest year ever,” she said.
“We’re hoping to top that this year, as we push to make this our biggest year yet, with 2018 being the best year when we raised over $13,000.
“We’ve already raised $2,000 for Headspace through our push-up challenge. We challenge our players to do as many push-ups as they can throughout the month of June and we started that last year.”
Ms Tarrant-Foder said Headspace is a worthwhile charity to support due to the amount of work it does with mental health in the Bathurst community.
“It’s important for us as uni students because it’s focused on young people like us,” she said.
“They’re a supportive organisation in our community and with COVID-19 and mental health, it’s really important to us.”
Each year CSU FC has a specialty item that all players wear during their game but this year the club is inviting all Bathurst District Football-affiliated clubs to get involved.
This year’s specialty item will be a green wrist sweatband with the Headspace logo embroidered into them, with all profits from the specialty item will be donated to Headspace Bathurst.
In addition to the specialty item, the club will have a number of other initiatives to help raise awareness and donations including an online raffle, donation buckets and EFTPOS machines at Proctor Park over the weekend, the club manning the canteen over the weekend with all funds being donated to Headspace and a social media photo frame.
“CSU FC would also like to thank you for all your support over the years and we look forward to painting Proctor Park green for our biggest Headspace Cup yet,” Ms Tarrant-Foder said.
In terms of football, there’s an actual trophy on offer.
Matches involving CSU FC versus Bathurst District Football-affiliated teams will see points go to an overall tally and the side with the most points will be awarded the trophy.
Bathurst District Football has won the last three Headspace Cups, after CSU FC won the first two.
The Headspace Cup will be held at Proctor Park on August 7-8