Published on February 27th, 2018 | by Bonnet Bay FC

Free Heart Health checks @ 3rd Annual Zimmerframe Cup

The BBFC over 35s & over 45s mens 3rd Annual Zimmerframe Cup will be held at Lakewood City Reserve on Sunday, March 18th 2018. Kicking off at 9am the day presents a chance for all teams to socialise together before the start of season 2018 and compete for the coveted trophy.

Spectators are welcome – bar and snacks open from 11.00.

Zimmerframe Cup 2018

The tournament has been evolving each year and this year we have made our biggest changes to format and point scoring in an attempt to encourage open free flowing football with the emphasis on goal scoring. Games will be limited to 20 minutes in a round robin format with all 5 teams playing each other. Points for game wins will awarded along with new goal multipliers format devised to help encourage more scoring opportunities on the day of which will be added to the overall points table at conclusion of each game.

The tournament organisers have also arranged to have the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute nurses present on the day to conduct heart health checks including blood pressure and cholesterol checks. This service is free and open to all from 10am.

The clubhouse will be open and we encourage all to come down and support the senior mens sides. At conclusion of the game our 2 senior womens over 30 teams will be having a trial match to show the boys how it’s all done.

Heartbeat of Football

The Heartbeat of Football Foundation was established early in 2016 by Andy Paschalidis, to promote healthy hearts in sport via player education, the minimisation of health risks and the installation of defibrillators on all sporting fields around the country.

We believe everyone should be encouraged to safely play the sport they love for longer in their lives, so we engage with sporting organisations and the wider community to access resources to educate, train and equip participants to promote heart health awareness and reduce the risk of heart related deaths on the sporting field.
Ensuring that every mature age participant takes the field knowing their heart health is our first goal. Blood pressure along with cholesterol and blood sugar are key indicators of heart health.

In 2017 we partnered with Football NSW and the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute to undertake 9 Heart Health Awareness Tents at various football tournaments, memorial days and other similar events throughout NSW. Over 450 people came to visit our nurses for a free blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar check with 33% of those tested being recommended to go and visit their doctor for further tests.

The Heart Health Assessment Tents are undertaken in partnership with the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and all testing is conducted by nursing professionals supplied by Victor Chang. Information gathered during the course of the program also contributes to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute’s research into awareness of heart health in the community at large.

In 2018, our aim is to at least double the number of Heart Health Awareness Tents and test more 1200 people in our target over 35 age group in NSW alone.

To achieve this, we need your help. We are seeking Football Associations and Football Clubs in NSW interested in hosting a Heart Health Awareness Tents at a forthcoming event. If your Association or Club is interested to participate in this important program to promote Health Hearts in Sport to your membership, then please contact us at
For more information about Heartbeat of Football and our programs, please visit our website or visit us on facebook at

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