The eagerly-awaited Rygate Cubs Festival, which features more than 100 soccer clubs, was born of a desire to present the future generation of sports people.The tournament starts today and will continue tomorrow and the weekend.Rygate LFA introduced its first cubs tournament under the presidency of Bennett Bailey in 2010 when 14 u.9 and 10 u.7 teams competed. The tournament has grown steadily and in 2014 the annual event grew to 64 u.9 and 45 u.7 teams. The total number of participants were 1853 over four days.This year the organisers are introducing a new concept to be played over the four days of the tournament, aimed at promoting the development of soccer.They have introduced a different age group by moving from the u.7 and u.9 tournament to u.6, u.8 and u.10 in line with the Safa 2022 Vision which was implemented over the last two years.Current Rygate LFA president Faizel “Boeta” Samaai and former president Bailey both believe the pillars of the tournament is to bring about friendship and that youngsters must learn how to have fun. They are like young lions that do not know about a kill – they are taught those skills by mature lions. Each participating team is issued a Cubs mascot for the tournament. The Rygate LFA leaders want to see the children play for the fun of it and not because of the cup.The games are modified and rules adapted, enabling the participants to develop their skills according to their age groups.The tournament also encourages diversity with young participants of all races mixing without inhibitions. Players from all local football associations under the Safa Cape Town banner will be participating to create a conducive environment for young people to interact.