Girls learn to kick like Banyana

2015-07-07 06:00

In celebration of Youth Month, Jockey brand ambassador and former Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini, together with Jockey and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, held a soccer tournament at the Ocean View sports field.

Soccer and lifeThe tournament, which took place from Wednesday to Friday last week, saw 80 girls enjoy playing soccer against one another and learning some valuable lifeskills from Dlamini.

With a vision to improve the lives of underprivileged youths, the event was hosted for girls between the ages of 14 and 18 years from the nearby primary and secondary schools.

“It is wonderful to have been involved in an event such as this one,” said Dlamini. “It is something that I am extremely passionate about, as it gives me the opportunity to mentor aspirant young girls, impart some valuable coaching advice, and ultimately judge the semi-final and final matches.”

The Amanda Dlamini Foundation is a soccer-based initiative focused on educating young girls at soccer clinics by mentoring them on the basics of soccer and lifeskills. Education and talent firstThe programme brought girls together and taught them basic soccer skills and valuable lifeskills through an intimate session in which Dlamini described her rise from humble beginnings to the national team.

“One of my dreams is to see young girls being successful in future. This dream mainly depends on how they conduct themselves from now, and that is why I hold these workshops. I want these girls to know that nothing is impossible in life if you put your education and talent first always,” said Dlamini.

The two-day event culminated in a final in which Marine Primary School and R.V. High School were named the respective winners of the primary and secondary school categories

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