‘Field in a box’ for young players

2018-04-24 06:00
Among the dignitaries that attended the launch were Clifford Martinus, Andre Bresler (managing director of FedEx), former Bafana Bafana captain and former Leeds United international footballer Lucas Radebe, the Western Cape minister of cultural arts and sport, Minister Anroux Marais, Paul Kelly, representing the UEFA Foundation’s global charity Streetfootballworld, as well as Ricardo Mackenzie. PHOTO: Joseph Pillay

Among the dignitaries that attended the launch were Clifford Martinus, Andre Bresler (managing director of FedEx), former Bafana Bafana captain and former Leeds United international footballer Lucas Radebe, the Western Cape minister of cultural arts and sport, Minister Anroux Marais, Paul Kelly, representing the UEFA Foundation’s global charity Streetfootballworld, as well as Ricardo Mackenzie. PHOTO: Joseph Pillay

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Excitement, smiles and the dawn of a new beginning caught the imagination of young footballers from the South Peninsula Local Football Association (LFA) based clubs at the official opening of the new “Field in a Box” pitch in Philippi over the weekend.

Aerials, Rainbow Chiefs, Peninsula United, Square Hill United, Wanderers Xl, Oasis FC and the Ottery-based Christel House were all put through coaching stunts with former Bafana Bafana captain and stalwart Lucas Radebe in collaboration with the UEFA Foundation for Children and sponsors FedEx. The Field in a Box programme uses football as a platform to improve life skills and connect young people in communities around the world to new possibilities.

FedEx and the UEFA Foundation for Children, together with the global charity Streetfootballworld and its network member Oasis (“Linking Lives Together”), brought a new vision to football at the Oasis Business Park at Schaapkraal in Philippi.

Cape Town is one of three cities in the world, and the first South African city, to join the programme. This, according to Oasis team leader Clifford Martinus, has made his “dream come true as a reality” but moreover has added value to a new dimension for promoting seven-a-side football programmes. The programme is funded as part of FedEx Cares, a broader pledge to invest $200m in more than 200 communities by the year 2020.

All the components required for the pitch, measuring 40m by 20m, were delivered to the Schaapkraal site inside a shipping container, enabling the modular construction to be completed in less than a week by a local contractor.

“It is a game changer for promoting football, and the footballers will benefit immensely from the programmes, as one ball can change the world! Our vision is to serve the community through various developmental initiatives such as creating employment initiatives, skills development and empowerment projects to alleviate poverty,” says Martinus.

Oasis network member, Anzio Martinus, says the pitch will be maintained through income from hosting regular scheduled matches in the community.

“The Field in a Box is something really extraordinary in the landscape of Schaapkraal. The reaction of local children to having access to such a facility has been incredible. The pitch provides a safe place where young people are encouraged to gather, and an important arena in which to develop life skills such as respect, dialogue and a sense of responsibility,” said Radebe in his speech at the official launch.

Terence Hermanus, the South Peninsula LFA president, says: “I’m moved to see for myself the positive impact putting a playing field in this community has had. It’s fantastic to talk to the many young people using the pitch and know that FedEx’s involvement in projects like this is making a real difference to the people in this community and surroundings.”

Meanwhile Isgak Davids, chairperson of Wanderers XI, whose club side also participated in the football programme at the launch, said in an interview: “Thanks to organisations like FedEx – a brand already committed to the game via its successful UEFA Europa League sponsorship – and their support of the ‘football for good’ movement, we’re able to connect two worlds: the world of professional football, where the glamour of a tournament unfolds on a global stage, and football on a local level, where the power of this beautiful game is unleashed to drive positive social change.”

V Soccer clubs that would like to enquire about making use of the facility for scheduled football matches can contact Clifford Martinus on 082 945 4812 or Anzio Martinus on 082 608 8335.

Excitement, smiles and the dawn of a new beginning caught the imagination of young footballers from the South Peninsula Local Football Association (LFA) based clubs at the official opening of the new “Field in a Box” pitch in Philippi over the weekend.

Aerials, Rainbow Chiefs, Peninsula United, Square Hill United, Wanderers Xl, Oasis FC and the Ottery-based Christel House were all put through coaching stunts with former Bafana Bafana captain and stalwart Lucas Radebe in collaboration with the UEFA Foundation for Children and sponsors FedEx. The Field in a Box programme uses football as a platform to improve life skills and connect young people in communities around the world to new possibilities.

FedEx and the UEFA Foundation for Children, together with the global charity Streetfootballworld and its network member Oasis, brought a new vision to football at the Oasis Business Park at Schaapkraal in Philippi.

Cape Town is one of three cities in the world, and the first South African city, to join the programme. This, according to Oasis team leader Clifford Martinus, has made his “dream come true as a reality” but moreover has added value to a new dimension for promoting seven-a-side football programmes. The programme is funded as part of FedEx Cares, a broader pledge to invest $200m in more than 200 communities by the year 2020.

All the components required for the pitch, measuring 40m by 20m, were delivered to the Schaapkraal site inside a shipping container, enabling the modular construction to be completed in less than a week by a local contractor.

“It is a game changer for promoting football, and the footballers will benefit immensely from the programmes, as one ball can change the world! Our vision is to serve the community through various developmental initiatives such as creating employment initiatives, skills development and empowerment projects to alleviate poverty,” says Martinus.

Oasis network member, Anzio Martinus, says the pitch will be maintained through income from hosting regular scheduled matches in the community.

“The Field in a Box is something really extraordinary in the landscape of Schaapkraal. The reaction of local children to having access to such a facility has been incredible. The pitch provides a safe place where young people are encouraged to gather, and an important arena in which to develop life skills such as respect, dialogue and a sense of responsibility,” said Radebe in his speech at the official launch.

Terence Hermanus, the South Peninsula LFA president, says: “I’m moved to see for myself the positive impact putting a playing field in this community has had. It’s fantastic to talk to the many young people using the pitch and know that FedEx’s involvement in projects like this is making a real difference to the people in this community and surroundings.”

V Soccer clubs that would like use the facility for scheduled football matches can contact Clifford Martinus on 082 945 4812 or Anzio Martinus on 082 608 8335.

Excitement, smiles and the dawn of a new beginning caught the imagination of young footballers from the South Peninsula Local Football Association (LFA) based clubs at the official opening of the new “Field in a Box” pitch in Philippi over the weekend.

Aerials, Rainbow Chiefs, Peninsula United, Square Hill United, Wanderers Xl, Oasis FC and the Ottery-based Christel House were all put through coaching stunts with former Bafana Bafana captain and stalwart Lucas Radebe in collaboration with the UEFA Foundation for Children and sponsors FedEx. The Field in a Box programme uses football as a platform to improve life skills and connect young people in communities around the world to new possibilities.

FedEx and the UEFA Foundation for Children, together with the global charity Streetfootballworld and its network member Oasis, brought a new vision to football at the Oasis Business Park at Schaapkraal in Philippi.

Cape Town is one of three cities in the world, and the first South African city, to join the programme. This, according to Oasis team leader Clifford Martinus, has made his “dream come true as a reality” but moreover has added value to a new dimension for promoting seven-a-side football programmes. The programme is funded as part of FedEx Cares, a broader pledge to invest $200m in more than 200 communities by the year 2020.

All the components required for the pitch, measuring 40m by 20m, were delivered to the Schaapkraal site inside a shipping container, enabling the modular construction to be completed in less than a week by a local contractor.

“It is a game changer for promoting football, and the footballers will benefit immensely from the programmes, as one ball can change the world! Our vision is to serve the community through various developmental initiatives such as creating employment initiatives, skills development and empowerment projects to alleviate poverty,” says Martinus.

Oasis network member, Anzio Martinus, says the pitch will be maintained through income from hosting regular scheduled matches in the community.

“The Field in a Box is something really extraordinary in the landscape of Schaapkraal. The reaction of local children to having access to such a facility has been incredible. The pitch provides a safe place where young people are encouraged to gather, and an important arena in which to develop life skills such as respect, dialogue and a sense of responsibility,” said Radebe in his speech at the official launch.

Terence Hermanus, the South Peninsula LFA president, says: “I’m moved to see for myself the positive impact putting a playing field in this community has had. It’s fantastic to talk to the many young people using the pitch and know that FedEx’s involvement in projects like this is making a real difference to the people in this community and surroundings.”

V Soccer clubs that would like use the facility for scheduled football matches can contact Clifford Martinus on 082 945 4812 or Anzio Martinus on 082 608 8335.

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