League Spur on

2015-05-14 06:00

The girls’ team of Sokhanyo (dressed in white/royal blue) won their match against Sonwabo  with 1-0 during the first round of Spur Masidlale Soccer Development Programmeds

The girls’ team of Sokhanyo (dressed in white/royal blue) won their match against Sonwabo with 1-0 during the first round of Spur Masidlale Soccer Development Programmeds

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The 2015 Spur Masidlale League kicked off in Gugulethu last week as part of a national soccer development programme touching the lives of more than 800 learners and nearly 80 coaches in key urban areas across South Africa.

Hosted at theNY49 Stadium, the event saw the teams from Ilitha, Lehlohonolo, Luzuko, Lwazi, Mseki, Sokhanyo, Sonwabo, Vukukhanya, Vuyane and Xolani Primary Schools take to the field for their first round of league matches.

Launched in 2005, the 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,” said Diala.

“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 aim to achieve with the Spur Masidlale Soccer Development Programme currently running in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg,” said Diala.

The official regional launch activations for the 2015 Spur Masidlale League saw more than 200 kids take to the field in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg followed by weekly league meetings over a six-week period between ten boys’ and ten girls’ teams with kids aged between 9 and 13 will determine the overall winning teams.

Each of the 800 participating kids from all regions will receive a Spur-branded kit to keep and cherish.

The winning team in each region can look forward to a special VIP PSL experience.

The next set of games takes place on May 20 at the same venue with finals expected to be held on June 3. It promises to be a sizzling affair

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