THE Louis Botha Technical High School u.19 football team successfully defended their crown in the Durban Kloof High School Soccer Tournament. The Bloemfontein-based school won this competition for the second time in a row after having won the 2015 championship. The Louis Botha boys have established themselves as one of the most competitive school teams in South Africa. They have lived up to their reputation through their convincing victory in the tournament. The action-packed schools tournament was staged on 26 June at the Kloof High School in Durban and featured 48 top-seeded schools which competed on a round-robin basis to determine this year’s champions. The reigning champions, Louis Botha, lived up to their championship pedigree, as they outclassed the Pinetown High School by 3-1 in the final to scoop the trophy for the second time in a row.For their excellent performance, the young lads from Bloemfontein walked home with the main prize of R20 000, while Pinetown High received the runner-up prize. The hosts, the Kloof High School, settled for fourth place overall in the tournament. This year’s edition was the 16th of the week-long football tournament staged annually during the school holidays. This year, Kloof High partnered with the WorldVentures Foundation to stage the competition. The tournament is endorsed by the South African Football Association (Safa) and was attended by the federation’s development agency chief executive officer, Dr Robin Petersen. “Tournaments like the Kloof High School’s tournament for boys u.19 are incredibly important for the development of young athletes and the sport itself,” said Petersen.The football development tournament serves as a scouting platform for professional teams scouting for a new breed of prospective future football stars. “The players know what is at stake. Besides the objective to develop the sport, it also instils a sense of passion in these players and remind them that this is indeed a beautiful game,” said Anil Dukhi, deputy principal of the Kloof High School. “Investing time and energy in our youth, whether on the sports field or in the classroom, has always been a key philosophy of the Kloof High School and this has been one of the motivations behind the soccer tournament,” said Dukhi. Each player of the 48 teams which took part received a branded kit bag with top-quality gear consisting of a printed bag, T-shirt, shirt and warm padded jackets.