Elders stage own World Cup

2018-07-17 06:00
The Kensington-Factreton Soccer Legends team that has been sponsored with kit by Play Sport4Life and Streamline Agencies.

The Kensington-Factreton Soccer Legends team that has been sponsored with kit by Play Sport4Life and Streamline Agencies.

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They may be past their prime, but there’s no stopping the Kensington-Factreton Soccer Legends donning their boots and shin pads on weekends to play the game of their lives.

“There isn’t a player under 55 years, and the oldest is in his 70s,” reads a statement from community-based organisation and NPO, Play Sport4Life.

The legends play on weekends “with vim and vigour” as they relive their glory days on the fields of Royal Road and Garden Village for the likes of Norway Parks and Saxon Rovers­.

“It was pretty much a loose, informal weekend gathering among kindred spirits (when they played). Now, Play Sport4Life, along with branding solution company Streamline Agencies, have given it some structure by sponsoring the team with a new kit and equipment,” the statement continues.

Play Sport4Life looks for worthy causes that slot in with their aim of promoting a healthy society through sport.

Its head, Miles October, says: “At Play Sport4Life, we encourage the community to be active in whatever way possible, and sport is the ideal vehicle. Gender and age don’t matter, as long as they are active and encouraging others to do likewise.”

He says the legends are good examples of “you’re never too old”.

“Some of the ?old guys played without shin guards?and boots – but they are keen as hell.? We like their commitment and attitude and want to give them all the support to see them ?continue for as long as possible­.”

October says the legends hope the idea will catch on in other communities so they could play a few challenge matches.

Meanwhile, team manager, Lester Carelse, a former WP player and WP Union Board captain, says the players look forward to the weekends because it gives them purpose and keeps them in touch with the game they love.

“We play as hard as we can, and the bones creak a little after the match, but it is so much fun. It’s our World Cup game.

“Post-match we reminisce about the good old days, and now, with the World Cup on, everybody’s got an opinion. Some actually think they could make the Bafana Bafana squad.”

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