School soccer coach wins top women’s sports award

By Faeza
02 September 2015

Tsogo Sun Soccer Academy Coach Londiwe Hlatswayo  has won the gsport Volunteer of the Year Award. She is a soccer coach for under-12 and under-14 boys.

gsport was launched in 2006 to raise the profile of South African women in sport, and to encourage corporate South Africa to back its female athletes. The annual awards ceremony was held on 14 August and it celebrated women for their contribution to sport across a range of categories.

“No words can explain how I feel.  I am grateful to the Tsogo Sun Academy for believing in me and I’m looking forward to working further with the academy. The programme is reviving my life and I will be doing more to give back to my community and my whole country South Africa,” says a thrilled Londiwe Hlatswayo

The Tsogo Sun Soccer Academy is designed to promote healthy living for youngsters, as well as a life-long participation in sport, in line with government’s vision. The Academy operates in 35 schools in Kagiso on the West Rand, working with 20 teachers and more than 1000 learners.

Shane Collinson, General Manager of Silverstar Casino says: “We’re immensely proud of Londiwe, but not surprised that she has achieved this prestigious award from gsport. She is a winner, not only because of her firm grasp of the game and her ability to inspire and motivate our young soccer players, but also because of her commitment as an educator and to soccer as a unifying force in a community is inspiring.”

Hlatswayo shares the Tsogo Sun Soccer Academy belief that sport is a tool for transformation that can enhance a learner’s life and encourage a positive mindset with the potential to produce a well-rounded individual.