Spurring kids into action

2017-03-23 06:03
Thabo Mngomeni, former Orlando Pirates player encourages the teams and gives some words of advice about the seven weeks ahead. PhOTOs: Mark Sampson Photography

Thabo Mngomeni, former Orlando Pirates player encourages the teams and gives some words of advice about the seven weeks ahead. PhOTOs: Mark Sampson Photography

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Yesterday didn’t just start as another ordinary Wednesday in Gugulethu. For 200 boys and girls today started as Spur Masidlale Soccer Wednesday.

For the next seven weeks, 200 learners from ten primary schools will have the opportunity to expand their soccer skills; play in league matches and also received valuable weekly life-skills training from dedicated mentors and coaches.

It’s seven weeks of fun and the ultimate reward, the opportunity to become a player mascot at an official PSL soccer match at the end of the Spur Masidlale Soccer league matches. Each week teams will come together at the NY49 Stadium in Gugulethu, Cape Town to show their talents and develop skills that might otherwise have been left only to chance.

Spur Steak Ranches saw the need to develop soccer and life skills amongst young South Africans from previously disadvantaged areas. Since the launch of the Spur Masidlale Soccer programme in 2005, the programme has touched the lives of over 30 000 boys and girls within communities across South Africa.

The league started off with annual soccer clinics and became a seven-week programme whereby boys and girls aged 10-12 years enjoy weekly league games ending in regional finals.

The Cape Town launch of the programme took place on Wednesday 15 March 2017 at the NY49 Stadium in Gugulethu and saw the teams welcomed by former Orlando Pirates player, Thabo Mngomeni.

His words of encouragement are just the start of the positivity the progamme will aim to plant in the minds and hearts of these future stars.

“What Spur is doing for the community is helping these kids achieve their hopes and dreams and opens the opportunity of a bright future. Spur is providing the key that unlocks this future”, Thabo Mngomeni, former Orlando Pirates player.

Khakhi Diala, Spur Group Marketing, “Spur Steak Ranches are proud to have been investing into the youth within our communities enjoying an active lifestyle on the fields of play and also learning valuable life lessons”

Spur Steak Ranches not only provides lunch for the players during the programme but the sponsorship also extends to providing Spur branded soccer kit supplied by the international brand Kappa, equipment and trained soccer coaches, all with the goal of creating the best learning environment.

The schools from the Cape region who have been selected to take part in the event are: Lwazi Primary School, Luzuko Primary Schools, Lehlohonolo Primary Schools, Ilitha Primary Schools, Mseki Primary Schools, Vukukhanya Primary Schools, Sokhanyo Primary Schools, Sonwabo Primary Schools, Vuyani Primary School and Xolani Primary School

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