Football tournament wrapped up in great style

2015-06-18 06:00

Young soccer players had an opportunity to learn footballing skills during the Spur Masidlale League.

Young soccer players had an opportunity to learn footballing skills during the Spur Masidlale League.

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The 2015 Spur Masidlale League wraped up last night with regional finals being played in key urban areas across South Africa.

A thrilling 2015 season saw more than 800 learners competing in weekly fixtures in KZN, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Soweto. Over a seven-week period ten boys’ and ten girls’ teams with kids aged between 9 and 13 in each region took to the field to determine the overall winning teams. Each of the participating kids received a Spur-branded kit to keep and cherish. The winning team in each region can look forward to a special VIP PSL experience. Not only will they be treated to a special Spur lunch, but they will also attend a PSL game as team mascots.

The Cape Town finals will be played on Wednesday, 17 June from 14h30 to 16h30 at the NY49 Stadium in Gugulethu. The teams from Luzuko, Lwazi, Xolani, Sokhanyo, Ilitha, Vuyane, Sonwabo, Mseki, Lehlohonolo and Vukukhanya will battle it out for the grand prize.

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.

“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 aimed to achieve with the Spur Masidlale Soccer Development Programme,” says Diala

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