Bunburra touch football tournament ignites Surfers Paradise

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Over 160 talented young touch footballers will travel from as far as the tip of Cape York to Surfers Paradise to take part in an indigenous Beach Touch Football Tournament ‘Bunburra’ this Saturday, 18 August.

Bunburra, a Yugambeh word meaning ‘beach’, is a grass roots youth engagement program delivered in 18 indigenous communities across Queensland. The program culminates in an exciting beach-based competition igniting Main Beach in the Gold Coast.

The PCYC Queensland program is delivered with thanks to the support of the Queensland Government. The program fosters sporting skills and leadership qualities that reward and motivate young people (aged 14-17). To earn selection players must have a good school attendance record, be active in their community, be responsible, and stay out of trouble throughout the year.

PCYC Queensland Indigenous Programs General Manager, Andy Cassidy, said one of the ripple effects is participants grow the confidence and ability to play a key role in sports development, participation and community engagement within their own communities.

“For many participants this is their first ever visit to a city,” Ms Cassidy said.

“The teams comprising seven girls and boys each, accompanied by a local team manager, come together to meet in a context that supports pride, identity and achievement to celebrate their indigenous culture through sport, dance and storytelling”, she said.

Rugby League legend Petro Civoniceva is the Bunburra event ambassador and is proud of the amazing job PCYC Queensland’s does for young indigenous people, especially with this showcase event that attracts thousands of spectators.

“Bunburra provides opportunities to engage with young people, it inspires them, and it also offers opportunities to chase their dreams,’ Petro said

“It’s all about testing yourself, team work and building friendships – those are really important qualities you need in life as you grow and develop’, he said.

“PCYC Queensland would like to thank our many local community supporters who provide vital funds to help cover the cost of the teams’ accommodation and travel expenses,” Ms Cassidy said.

Bunburra, established in 2015, is organised by PCYC Queensland, in conjunction with Touch Football Australia, and is delivered in partnership with the Queensland Government as part of the Sport and Culture Corroboree Event Series.