Mini-World Cup for CHOC

2010-05-10 00:00

LADDSWORTH Primary School hosted a Mini-World Cup Soccer festival at the school on Saturday to raise funds for the Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa (CHOC).

Seven primary schools were invited to participate in a day of football that saw over 200 children in grades 1, 2 and 3 playing against each other. Each school was encouraged to represent a World Cup country and dress up accordingly. Thirty-two teams took part.

Premier Soccer League team Maritzburg United showed their support of the cause by sending four players to the tournament. The members of the Team of Choice held a coaching clinic during the tournament’s interval and spent the rest of the day signing autographs and appearing in photographs with their young admirers.

The players were also asked to adjudicate the winner of the “best dressed” prize, which went to Athlone School.

Laddsworth principal Anne Tarr was extremely happy with what she considered to be a very successful day.

“It really is great to do something like this and help an organisation that is involved with children.

“Ladds­worth has a long standing relationship with CHOC and it is one that we would like to keep going in the future,” she said.

All of the participating schools were asked to pay an entry fee before playing in the tournament. This money, as well as the money that was raised on the day through the sale of food and beverages, will be donated to CHOC.

A non-competitive nature was encouraged throughout the day, with the primary focuses being on fun and participation. As a result, there were no “winners” in any of the age groups.

“At this age, it is just important for the kids to have a good time doing something that they enjoy,” Tarr said.

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