Masidlale league spurs players

2015-04-30 13:41

kokhanyo boys’ team busy with fitness training in preparation for the Spur Masidlale Soccer League Finals.

owen d

kokhanyo boys’ team busy with fitness training in preparation for the Spur Masidlale Soccer League Finals. PHOTO: owen d

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The 2015 Spur Masidlale League kicked off at the NY49 Stadium in Gugulethu where the participating teams from Ilitha, Lehlohonolo, Luzuko, Lwazi, Mseki, Sokhanyo, Sonwabo, Vukukhanya, Vuyane and Xolani Primary Schools took to the field with aplomb.

Launched in 2005, the Spur Masidlale Soccer Programme has successfully used soccer to educate, inspire and empower young people and has now partnered with Grassroot Soccer (GRS) to manage the life skills component of the league.

According to Khakhi Diala of the Spur Group, the Masidlale programme is currently recognised as one of the leading youth soccer development initiatives in the country. “We started with 12 one-day coaching clinics, but the league has grown steadily and has highlighted the huge need for initiatives that provide a platform for youth development.

Through the Masidlale programme we teach kids both soccer and life skills and are very excited about the partnership with GRS,” says Diala.

Since founded in 2002, GRS has worked in over 46 countries worldwide with over 716,410 youth graduating from programmes run by GRS and partners similar to the Spur Masidlale Soccer Development Programme.

To ensure quality control and effective mentorship, GRS will conduct a special training session with local coaches leading up to the official launch day events in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Durban. Through a series of interactive activities and discussions, led by Caring Coaches, participants gain a tangible understanding of a variety of social issues they face and get a chance to practice the skills necessary for sustainable behaviour change.

Key curricular topics covered in a morning training session with local coaches who will lead the life skills component of the league include increased self-esteem, gender awareness, improved decision making skills, increased ability to resist peer pressure as well as better communication skills.

“The league helps kids to realise that learning from others with experience can be great fun, while also of huge benefit to them personally - and that is exactly what we aim to achieve with the Spur Masidlale Soccer Development Programme currently running in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg,” said Diala

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.