One Nation Cup comes to KZN

2008-06-30 00:00

THE second One Nation Cup, which comes to George Campbell Technical High School in Durban from July 6 to July 12, is a significant international U15 soccer tournament featuring more than 300 boys and coaches from all over the world.

As the wild-card winner of the inaugural 2006 games held in Bremen, Durban won the bid to host the event this year, which attracts significant local and international interest.

The initiative is based and originated in Bremen, Germany, and championed by German national football player Marco Bode. It was a precursor to the 2006 Soccer World Cup held in Germany.

Players will be coming from various countries from Africa, the Americas, Europe and Oceania.

The draw was held in Durban recently, coupled with a “Memorandum of Understanding” between Bremen and Durban. It is significant that New Orleans is among the sides represented, as the respective mayors of Durban and New Orleans also signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” in Durban last week.

As part of the One Nation Cup initiative, there has been a proactive twinning schools system in place that pairs schools from around eThekwini and the international teams in order for them to share stories, learn about each other and develop friendships.

There is a strong developmental aspect to the process, with heats being held in far-flung communities to ensure that the international cities’ teams are totally representative.

Many of the Durban players are enthusiastic and skilled youngsters gleaned from the less-privileged school’s suburbs around Durban.

This week-long tournament is a precursor to 2010 and is played at George Campbell Technical High School (next to the Durban Ice Rink).

It is endorsed by Safa and the Department of Sports and Recreation. The competition will be played according to Fifa rules. Entry to all the games is free and all are welcome.

• For more information, go to www.onenationcup.com

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