Astro Junior Soccer League launched

2017-08-23 06:02
Mountain Rise Astro football team, U15 gear up for the upcoming league that starts on September 9.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Mountain Rise Astro football team, U15 gear up for the upcoming league that starts on September 9.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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MOUNTAIN Rise Astro is launching the Astro Junior Soccer League with U7, U9, U11, U13 and U15 divisions.

The league will start on September 9 at Mountain Rise Primary­ and will run until the end of November.

Mohammed Patel, an executive board member of Mountain Rise Astro, said they are launching the league to ensure that Pietermaritzburg­ children get a fun source of exercise and become involved in sport. Patel said they want to expose children to this type of sport - mini-football.

“This is the first time in Pietermaritzburg that juniors get to have an astro league. We want children to learn the sport and excel.” Patel said this is going to be an annual league and they need teams to register for this season. “We are looking for any team in Pietermaritzburg, ideally [we need] parents to put together teams. There’s no need to belong to a club and you can put together your own team and enter.”

Patel said Pietermaritzburg has a lack of football facilities.

“We are running the football club for underprivileged children because we have noticed we lose children from 13 and over.

“They drop out of football, maybe because they think they are not fit enough to play on a big soccer field.”

Joining fee per team is R100 and R50 per player and all clubs will be allowed to register a maximum of 12 players.

For more information, email Patel at

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