World cup legacy: street soccer vibrant in KZN

2012-06-11 00:00

TWO years after the Fifa World Cup, soccer is alive and kicking in KwaZulu-Natal at the annual Kia Sporting Chance Street Soccer league, which officially kicked off at the beginning of June.

The programme is part of Fifa’s Ticket Fund legacy. Following the success of the inaugural Sporting Chance Street Soccer programme during the 2010 World Cup, Sepp Blatter met the Sporting Chance team, citing it as the “best grass- roots programme” of the tournament and confirmed Fifa’s commitment to growing the programme.

Eight hundred teams of six players each are entered into the regional league, and round robin matches are played for 10 weeks, with weekly sessions followed by a week of regional finals.

Provincial finals will be held in the last week of August, and the National Championship final will take place in Johannesburg in early September.

It isn’t only the kids who will benefit from this programme. Local coaches and co-ordinators have been selected from each community and have received training in coaching and crucial life skills.

A team of 800 are employed on a contractual basis for the duration of the Kia Street Soccer programme — creating employment opportunities for members of the communities where the programme takes place.

— Supplied.

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