The Organising Committee
13 Feb 2023
Latest updates for the Sydney 2023 IGLFA Tournament
With one week to go, here is your comprehensive (aka long) guide to the Sydney IGLFA World Championships 2023! Please let us know if there's anything else you need from us either by replying to this email or heading to the Facebook group. We can't wait to meet you in Sydney this week!
GETTING TO TEMPE
Our site map of Tempe is attached to this email to start getting you acquainted with the venue.
We would strongly recommend taking public transport to access the venue.
Tempe Recreational Reserve is a 9-minute walk from Tempe station, and a 12-minute walk from fully accessible Wolli Creek.
It takes around 20 minutes to get to Tempe on the train from Central Station.
Top Tip: Download the TripView app to plan your journeys in Sydney.
We do have an Uber drop off zone which is marked on the map.
Parking is available on site if you need to drive. Please fill up the main car park by the Robyn Webster Sports Centre first. If necessary, we will use overflow elsewhere – please follow instructions from our traffic management. Parking on nearby residential streets is not permitted to ensure we're courteous to local residents.
Toilets & Change Facilities
There are a small number of change facilities available at Tempe. The facilities across the road from the welcome tent are clearly labelled. All other toilets - including portaloos - are All-Gender. Please be respectful of your fellow players, match officials, and organisers and leave the facilities how you found them.
We have accessible toilets on site at Tempe which are labelled on our map, and for our formalities we will be joined by Auslan (Australian sign language) interpreters.
The accessible toilet on the eastern side of the Reserve will be placed closer to the car park so it is accessible from a hard surface.
SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK
All group stage fixtures (Day 1 & 2) are scheduled and available to view in Dribl and published on our website. Knockout game times (Day 3 & 4) will depend on your group-stage standings.
Off the field, we’d really like you to make a note of the following dates and times, as we’d love as many people as possible to be a part of them.
Monday 20 February @ 9.30am sharp: Official welcome, including Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony by D'harawal woman, local Elder and LGBTQIA+ ally, Aunty Deborah Lennis. We will also cover essential information for the tournament including Rules & Site Safety. Please note this is compulsory for Team Captains but it’ll also be really special and we’d love as many people as possible to be on site to create the vibes and get the tournament off to a great start. Venue: Tempe Recreational Reserve
Monday 20 February @ 7pm: Official opening party. Get to know your counterparts from across the globe at our official opening party. We’ll have entertainment and DJs to give everyone a warm welcome to Sydney. Please RSVP at this link if you haven’t already. +1s are welcome, but the aim here is to give our tournament participants an opportunity to bond. Venue: Upstairs at The Beresford Hotel, Bourke Street, Surry Hills.
Tuesday 21 February @ 5pm (immediately after the final whistle): Please stick around after game-day for a Pitch-side Pride In Sport Panel at Tempe. We’ll be joined by former Socceroos Captain and sports broadcaster Craig Foster, Former vice-captain of the Matildas Moya Dodd, ParaMatilda Nicole Christodoulou, and Rugby Sevens Olympic gold medalist and trans trailblazer Ellia Green, for a discussion on diversity and inclusion in sport. Hosted by ABC Sports Journalist Sam Lewis.
Thursday 23 February, 10 – 3.30: Grand Final Day. Whether you’re playing or not, come along and cheer our finalists on in our Div 2 (10am KO) and Div 1 (1pm KO) Grand Finals. Matildas star and Under Armour global ambassador Chloe Logarzo will join us for the day and to hand out our trophies. After the final whistle, head to The Beresford for a casual end of tournament catch up. Venue: Tempe Recreational Reserve & The Beresford Hotel Beer Garden.
Please note that the organisers of the Sydney IGLFA World Championships and WP23 have taken all reasonable steps to take out insurance cover required to be held for the Tournament, however that does not include cover for injury, illness or death that occurs through player-to-player contact. Players participating in the Sydney IGLFA World Championships are encouraged to ensure that they have appropriate health insurance cover for their time in New South Wales, Australia, and to closely read any exclusion provision in any such policy, including any travel insurance policy. In case of a medical emergency in Australia, immediately dial 000 for ambulance and paramedic assistance.
RULES & ZERO TOLERANCE
Our rules are published here and our zero-tolerance policy is attached to this email. We hope no one has to use this, but the contact details for our player welfare officer – Jodie Camden- are contained in this policy.
Our referees are here to have a good time too. Please be respectful – the game is nothing without officials.
FIRST AID AND PHYSIO
We will have St.John’s Ambulance (first aid) and Balmain Sports Medicine (physiotherapy) on site for the duration of the tournament to look after you. These services will be provided free of charge to participants, so please make use of them if you need to. Hopefully they have a quiet week and can enjoy the football!
FOOD & BEVERAGES
We have Pizza, Burger, and Coffee vans on site for the duration of the tournament. They all accept card payments.
DoorDash is our official food delivery partner if you need anything else during the tournament. Please download the app before arriving and we’ll have some special deals for you. DoorDash will also be on site with freebies throughout.
Heaps Normal, Sydney Rangers’ major sponsor, are also providing complimentary and delicious alcohol-free beers for all participants. Please, help yourself!
SYDNEY IGLFA JERSEYS
How cool are our Sydney IGLFA jerseys (attached)? Designed by our awesome partners at Deploy, they’ll help our Committee and volunteers stand out from the crowd on Day 1. We’ll have a limited number available to purchase on Wednesday 22 February – first in best dressed! Please visit the organisers tent to find out more.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS/TOP TIPS
HAVE FUN – this email is formal, but we’re not! We want this to be the BEST start to your Sydney WorldPride experience, so if there’s anything you need from us, please let us know.
Join our Facebook community. We’ll be posting photos and moments from the tournament, and it’s a great place to coordinate in real time for extracurricular activities i.e., parties.
Go to Mardi Gras Fair Day – this may be counterintuitive as we want you on site at Tempe at 9am on Monday, but Fair Day takes place on Sunday 19 February at Victoria Park, and it’s going to be epic. But not too epic!
On Monday, Inner West Police Command's Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officers will be on site to provide friendly tips about how to stay safe during your time in Sydney during WorldPride. They're members of the queer community and will be located by the food trucks if you'd like to have a chat.
Dribl - if you experience any issues logging into Dribl, please raise a ticket directly with Dribl. Unfortunately we can't help with log-in issues.
Single use plastic bottles – don’t bring them! We’ll be providing all players with reusable drinking bottles. Please help keep Tempe plastic free!
Wear sunscreen, even when it’s cloudy…! And bring a hat! The sun bites differently here, the forecast is warm, and we don’t want to be dealing with any sunstroke at the St.John’s Ambulance tent.
We have balls for everyone, captain’s armbands (attached) and football infrastructure like bibs etc… in the event of kit clashes. All you need to worry about is turning up :)
If you've read this far... well done! Fell free to send us a pic of you and your team getting ready to fly ot Sydney or training in the lead up and we'll post on our socials so we can all start getting acquainted!
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