Inaugural Sutton Cup Leaves a Lasting Impact

Inaugural Sutton Cup Leaves a Lasting Impact

The Northern Suburbs Football Association (NSFA) has proudly concluded the inaugural Sutton Cup, a two-day football spectacle that captivated the hearts of players, spectators, and the broader community alike.

With 10 schools, 29 teams, and approximately 350 players participating in 95 thrilling matches, the Sutton Cup was more than just a tournament; it was a celebration of the beautiful game and the spirit of unity it fosters.

The Sutton Cup aims to provide a platform for local schools to showcase their footballers, and it undeniably achieved that and more. David Neale, NSFA’s Community Football Manager reflecting on the event’s success, stating “The passion, dedication, and sportsmanship displayed by the 350 players across 95 games were truly remarkable. The Sutton Cup has become a milestone event, fostering skill development and teamwork.”

The success of the event would not have been possible without the dedication of individuals from NSFA, Sydney FC, Football NSW, and Football Australia. Notably, placement students from SEDA College and St Leo’s High School played a vital role in contributing to the success and enjoyment of all at the inaugural Sutton Cup.

Ben Sutton, the Pararoo with 12 international caps and 3 goals for the national side, welcome the naming of the tournament and graced the event with his presence. Beyond being the namesake, Ben is deeply involved in the NSFA community as a former player, coach, and educator at North Sydney United FC. Ben’s inspiring journey includes his significant role in the International Day of People with Disability Gala Day hosted by NSFA for three years. In December 2023, he celebrated the success of the Pararoos Development Centre (PDC), a program he initiated in 2020 to provide footballing development training to children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injury.

“Ben Sutton’s presence at the Sutton Cup added an extraordinary touch to the event. His passion for football, dedication to inclusivity, and commitment to nurturing the future stars of the game were truly inspiring. The impact of Ben’s involvement goes beyond the scores; it’s about instilling a passion for the game and promoting inclusivity throughout football,” remarked NSFA’s CEO Kevin Johnson.

The Sutton Cup not only marked a significant moment in local football but also served as a platform for future talents to shine. NSFA extends its gratitude to everyone involved, making the inaugural Sutton Cup a resounding success.

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