Words: ACFC Media
Monday 21 November 2016
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi visited Edendale Primary School ahead of the Stirling Sports Premiership clash between the Navy Blues and Hawke's Bay United and this is what happened.
The 21-year-old All Whites midfielder was the guest of honour at Edendale Primary School as Auckland City FC invited staff and pupils and their parents to Saturday's game at Kiwitea Street.
Hudson-Wihongi, who has five caps for New Zealand and played at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, talked about his experiences playing at the highest level.
"I love playing for my country and I never thought when I grew up that I would make this dream come true but thankfully here I am.
"The Auckland City FC team would love to see as many representatives as possible, especially the kids, from Edendale Primary School at the game on Saturday.
"We play to represent our club and our area and hope to see you there," he said.
Principal Carolyn Aukafolau was delighted with Hudson-Wihongi's talk at the school assembly.
"We would like to thank Te Atawhai and Auckland City FC for coming to Edendale Primary School today.
"The children loved hearing him speak about his experiences," she said.
Auckland City FC is giving away tickets to a raft of primary schools and one high school ahead of what is their final home game of the year.
Children get free entry to the ground with a special ticket from school that allows them to bring one adult for free.
They get a copy of the brand new 2016-17 team poster and at the end of the match can get autographs and photographs with their favourites players.
"Some schools are painting their very own signs to bring to the game to show the players and we're very excited to see what the children come up with, " Hudson-Wihongi said.
The game is also the final hit out for the team before the FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016.
The match kicks off at 4.35pm at Kiwitea Street, Sandringham.
Stirling Sports Premiership
Saturday 26 November, 2016
Auckland City FC v Hawke's Bay United
Kiwitea Street, Sandringham
Sun 30 Sep 2018, Auckland Grammar, 11.30am