Grassy Park pride showcased

2018-07-03 06:00

Grassy Park United FC are building for the future. Following their u.18 team’s runners-up performance at the recent Engen Knockout Challenge, there is reason to be proud.

Although Hellenic beat Grassy Park United 2-1 in the final in Parow last week, assistant coach Alaric Jacobs says it was an achievement to make the final in the first place.

“We had to beat Ajax Cape Town as well as Old Mutual who were the defending champions. It was very tough in our group to qualify as the top team in our group and also to make the semi-final. It was a journey that has been taking place over the last three years,” he says.

Most of the club’s coaching staff and management have been with the squad preparing them for a run at winning this competition.

“Ultimately it was our objective to win the Engen this year and we are disappointed that we did not win it, but on the day, in the second half, Hellenic were the better team and it was a bit tiring having to play six games in three days. Overall we are happy with our performance. We made Grassy Park proud and we are happy to at least end up runners-up after ending fourth in the tournament last year,” says Jacobs.

Grassy Park United have a team in the ABC Motsepe League (the third tier of South African club football) and Jacobs says the club has earmarked some of the boys in the u.18 team to potentially make the step up.

“It doesn’t mean that Engen (Knockout Cup) is finished that everything else is finished. We have future plans for the club and this team. We are happy with our performances and hope to create more history with this team,” he adds.

Grassy Park’s Alister Charles was awarded player of the tournament, which is a feather in the cap for the club.

“If you looked at our team when that presentation was going on, there were three or four other players who could easily win that award as well, just because of the quality we had on the field,” Jacobs says. Jacobs has lauded the club’s sponsors, with some of them supporting the team throughout the tournament. He says that their contribution goes a long way in making a difference in the lives of the boys.

“These kids are from Grassy Park, Parkwood, Lavender Hill and Steenberg. So they are all impoverished areas. Areas where you need these kinds of activities to keep the boys busy and out of the bad things which are out there. Soccer is obviously very important; you have the World Cup going on right now, so it is really a staple food for these kids and just keeping them out of danger and out of the bad things – the kind of thing that we have to do is try to have as many practices as possible. Outside of soccer, to just try to get them together for a braai or small things like that, which keeps them away from the other things,” says the coach.

The club also tries to run life skills programmes for the younger players in an attempt to motivate them further.

“It was nice that just before the final we had Nathan Paulse, who is the ambassador for the tournament, just to give the boys motivation. He spoke to them about what it is like to be a professional footballer. It was just for five minutes, but those five minutes can make a difference in that child’s life.”

Grassy Park United FC are building for the future.

Following their u.18 team’s runners-up performance at the recent Engen Knockout Challenge, there is reason to be proud.

Although Hellenic beat Grassy Park United 2-1 in the final in Parow last week, assistant coach Alaric Jacobs says it was an achievement to make the final in the first place.

“We had to beat Ajax Cape Town as well as Old Mutual who were the defending champions. It was very tough in our group to qualify as the top team in our group and also to make the semi-final. It was a journey that has been taking place over the last three years,” he says.

Most of the club’s coaching staff and management have been with the squad preparing them for a run at winning this competition­.

“Ultimately it was our objective to win the Engen this year and we are disappointed that we did not win it, but on the day, in the second half, Hellenic were the better team and it was a bit tiring having to play six games in three days. Overall we are happy with our performance.

“We made Grassy Park proud and we are happy to at least end up runners-up after ending fourth in the tournament last year,” says Jacobs.

Grassy Park United have a team in the ABC Motsepe League (the third tier of South African club football) and Jacobs says the club has earmarked some of the boys in the u.18 team to potentially make the step up.

“It doesn’t mean that Engen (Knockout Cup) is finished that everything else is finished. We have future plans for the club and this team. We are happy with our performances and hope to create more history with this team,” he adds.

Grassy Park’s Alister Charles was awarded player of the tournament, which is a feather in the cap for the club.

“If you looked at our team when that presentation was going on, there were three or four other players who could easily win that award as well, just because of the quality we had on the field,” Jacobs says.

Jacobs has lauded the club’s sponsors, with some of them supporting the team throughout the tournament. He says that their contribution goes a long way in making a difference in the lives of the boys.

“These kids are from Grassy Park, Parkwood, Lavender Hill and Steenberg. So they are all impoverished areas. Areas where you need these kinds of activities to keep the boys busy and out of the bad things which are out there.

“ Soccer is obviously very important; you have the World Cup going on right now, so it is really a staple food for these kids and just keeping them out of danger and out of the bad things – the kind of thing that we have to do is try to have as many practices as possible. Outside of soccer, to just try to get them together for a braai or small things like that, which keeps them away from the other things,” says the coach.

The club also tries to run life skills programmes for the younger players in an attempt to motivate them further.

“It was nice that just before the final we had Nathan Paulse, who is the ambassador for the tournament, just to give the boys motivation­.

“He spoke to them about what it is like to be a professional footballer. It was just for five minutes, but those five minutes can make a difference in that child’s life.”

Grassy Park United FC are building for the future.

Following their u.18 team’s runners-up performance at the recent Engen Knockout Challenge, there is reason to be proud.

Although Hellenic beat Grassy Park United 2-1 in the final in Parow last week, assistant coach Alaric Jacobs says it was an achievement to make the final in the first place.

“We had to beat Ajax Cape Town as well as Old Mutual who were the defending champions. It was very tough in our group to qualify as the top team in our group and also to make the semi-final. It was a journey that has been taking place over the last three years,” he says.

Most of the club’s coaching staff and management have been with the squad preparing them for a run at winning this competition­.

“Ultimately it was our objective to win the Engen this year and we are disappointed that we did not win it, but on the day, in the second half, Hellenic were the better team and it was a bit tiring having to play six games in three days. Overall we are happy with our performance.

“We made Grassy Park proud and we are happy to at least end up runners-up after ending fourth in the tournament last year,” says Jacobs.

Grassy Park United have a team in the ABC Motsepe League (the third tier of South African club football) and Jacobs says the club has earmarked some of the boys in the u.18 team to potentially make the step up.

“It doesn’t mean that Engen (Knockout Cup) is finished that everything else is finished. We have future plans for the club and this team. We are happy with our performances and hope to create more history with this team,” he adds.

Grassy Park’s Alister Charles was awarded player of the tournament, which is a feather in the cap for the club.

“If you looked at our team when that presentation was going on, there were three or four other players who could easily win that award as well, just because of the quality we had on the field,” Jacobs says.

Jacobs has lauded the club’s sponsors, with some of them supporting the team throughout the tournament. He says that their contribution goes a long way in making a difference in the lives of the boys.

“These kids are from Grassy Park, Parkwood, Lavender Hill and Steenberg. So they are all impoverished areas. Areas where you need these kinds of activities to keep the boys busy and out of the bad things which are out there.

“ Soccer is obviously very important; you have the World Cup going on right now, so it is really a staple food for these kids and just keeping them out of danger and out of the bad things – the kind of thing that we have to do is try to have as many practices as possible. Outside of soccer, to just try to get them together for a braai or small things like that, which keeps them away from the other things,” says the coach.

The club also tries to run life skills programmes for the younger players in an attempt to motivate them further.

“It was nice that just before the final we had Nathan Paulse, who is the ambassador for the tournament, just to give the boys motivation­.

“He spoke to them about what it is like to be a professional footballer. It was just for five minutes, but those five minutes can make a difference in that child’s life.”

Grassy Park United FC are building for the future. Following their u.18 team’s runners-up performance at the recent Engen Knockout Challenge, there is reason to be proud. Although Hellenic beat Grassy Park United 2-1 in the final in Parow last week, assistant coach Alaric Jacobs says it was an achievement to make the final in the first place.

Grassy Park United have a team in the ABC Motsepe League (the third tier of South African club football) and Jacobs says the club has earmarked some of the boys in the u.18 team to potentially make the step up.

“It doesn’t mean that Engen (Knockout Cup) is finished that everything else is finished. We have future plans for the club and this team. We are happy with our performances and hope to create more history with this team,” he adds.

Grassy Park’s Alister Charles was awarded player of the tournament, which is a feather in the cap for the club.

“These kids are from Grassy Park, Parkwood, Lavender Hill and Steenberg. So they are all impoverished areas. Areas where you need these kinds of activities to keep the boys busy and out of the bad things which are out there. Soccer is obviously very important; you have the World Cup going on right now, so it is really a staple food for these kids and just keeping them out of danger and out of the bad things – the kind of thing that we have to do is try to have as many practices as possible. Outside of soccer, to just try to get them together for a braai or small things like that, which keeps them away from the other things,” says the coach.

The club also tries to run life skills programmes for the younger players in an attempt to motivate them further.

“It was nice that just before the final we had Nathan Paulse, who is the ambassador for the tournament, just to give the boys motivation. He spoke to them about what it is like to be a professional footballer. It was just for five minutes, but those five minutes can make a difference in that child’s life.”

Grassy Park United FC are building for the future.

Following their u.18 team’s runners-up performance at the recent Engen Knockout Challenge, there is reason to be proud.

Although Hellenic beat Grassy Park United 2-1 in the final in Parow last week, assistant coach Alaric Jacobs says it was an achievement to make the final in the first place.

“We had to beat Ajax Cape Town as well as Old Mutual who were the defending champions. It was very tough in our group to qualify as the top team in our group and also to make the semi-final. It was a journey that has been taking place over the last three years,” he says.

Most of the club’s coaching staff and management have been with the squad preparing them for a run at winning this competition­.

“Ultimately it was our objective to win the Engen this year and we are disappointed that we did not win it, but on the day, in the second half, Hellenic were the better team and it was a bit tiring having to play six games in three days. Overall we are happy with our performance.

“We made Grassy Park proud and we are happy to at least end up runners-up after ending fourth in the tournament last year,” says Jacobs.

Grassy Park United have a team in the ABC Motsepe League (the third tier of South African club football) and Jacobs says the club has earmarked some of the boys in the u.18 team to potentially make the step up.

“It doesn’t mean that Engen (Knockout Cup) is finished that everything else is finished. We have future plans for the club and this team. We are happy with our performances and hope to create more history with this team,” he adds.

Grassy Park’s Alister Charles was awarded player of the tournament, which is a feather in the cap for the club.

“If you looked at our team when that presentation was going on, there were three or four other players who could easily win that award as well, just because of the quality we had on the field,” Jacobs says.

Jacobs has lauded the club’s sponsors, with some of them supporting the team throughout the tournament. He says that their contribution goes a long way in making a difference in the lives of the boys.

“These kids are from Grassy Park, Parkwood, Lavender Hill and Steenberg. So they are all impoverished areas. Areas where you need these kinds of activities to keep the boys busy and out of the bad things which are out there.

“ Soccer is obviously very important; you have the World Cup going on right now, so it is really a staple food for these kids and just keeping them out of danger and out of the bad things – the kind of thing that we have to do is try to have as many practices as possible. Outside of soccer, to just try to get them together for a braai or small things like that, which keeps them away from the other things,” says the coach.

The club also tries to run life skills programmes for the younger players in an attempt to motivate them further.

“It was nice that just before the final we had Nathan Paulse, who is the ambassador for the tournament, just to give the boys motivation­.

“He spoke to them about what it is like to be a professional footballer. It was just for five minutes, but those five minutes can make a difference in that child’s life.”

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