“By the sea” moves to Parow

2017-03-21 06:02

One of the most popular events on the youth soccer calendar, the Strandfontein AFC u.13 “By the sea” tournament, promises to be an exciting showdown when the host club rolls out its 18th annual showpiece.

The competition on Saturday and Sunday had to be relocated to Ikamva sports complex, home of Ajax Cape Town, in Parow due to the poor condition of the Strandfontein fields.

Natasha Cyster, the Seagulls’ tournament director, says it was a difficult decision to move the tournament.

“With much thought and consideration, our tournament committee met last week and after having thought deeply about our challenge and due to the poor state the Strandfontein sports fields find itself in because of lack of resources and water restrictions, we cannot stage our event on our community homeground.

“My apologies to the Strandfontein and nearby communities of Mitchell’s Plain. The concern for the venue has really been sleepless nights for me as it’s a community club that has been formed by families over the years. I for one don’t want to lose what we have, which is the support of our community, parents, players and the greater Mitchell’s Plain [community],” she says.

This popular u.13 competition has been able to attract clubs from far and wide to showcase and develop players. The tournament also aims to create a carnival atmosphere to entice clubs and spectators alike.

“Our club has frequently requested help from Safa Cape Town, our local Mitchell’s Plain LFA and from the City of Cape Town, but nothing concrete was forthcoming and we had to relocate to Ikamva sports complex,” Cyster adds.

Among the 24 entries, soccer academies such as Ajax Cape Town, Milano United, Old Mutual Academy, Ulana Academy and defending champion Stellenbosch University (Maties) will again be on the forefront, along with the Strandfontein Seagulls, who won the Plate section and went on to win Safa Cape Town’s Build-it Reach for a Dream tournament.

Wayne Carstens, Mitchell’s Plain LFA president, says that with communities plagued by gangsterism, drugs and violent crime, sporting activity and morale were low.

“Therefore we need to ensure our youngsters are kept active and off the streets,” he says.

“Apart from seeing this tournament giving impetus to several rising stars, the proud history is driving the competing teams to display their soccer abilities and compete for the coveted title but also the opportunity to create a healthier and happier future for themselves and their community.”

Matches will start on Saturday at 10:00 and on Sunday at 09:30.

The group draw Group A

Maties, Bayview, Liverpool-Portland

Group B

Milano United, FC Tafelzicht, Valencia

Group C

Ajax Cape Town, Westridge, Rockafellas

Group D

Strandfontein, Meadowridge, Bluebells United

Group E

MPCE, Avendale Athletico, Strandfontein B

Group F

Fish Hoek, Wynberg St John, Standards United

Group G

Morgenster United, Red Rovers, Ulana Academy

Group H

Old Mutual, Rygersdal, Golden United


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