School scores kit

2018-06-26 06:01
The u.12 team at Lantana Primary School with their new soccer kit.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

The u.12 team at Lantana Primary School with their new soccer kit.PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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In the heat of the Soccer World Cup, Timbercity, a 43-year-old legacy brand, with the help of their iconic mascot Chippie the beaver, delivered branded soccer kits and balls to five junior and five senior soccer teams and schools.

Customers were asked to nominate a worthy school or extramural team at www.chippieschampions­.­co.za to win a much-needed kit in which to play.

The winners were named on Saturday 16 June in honour of Youth Day and included Lantana Primary School in Lentegeur, Charleston Hill Primary School in Paarl, Stephanians Ottery Football Club, Saxonsea Primary School in Atlantis and Gahlanso Primary School in Tembisa as the junior winners.

The representatives visited Lantana Primary School to hand over the kit on Wednesday last week. The initial prize was one soccer kit, but with soccer being the most popular code at the school, Timbercity promised to return with four more kits for the school’s other teams.

Soccer coach Victor Lemphani says there are around 100 children playing at the school and the need for the kits were great as many of the children often play in the school clothes. “My colleague, Melissa Arendse entered and we got the great news last Monday. We have been struggling for a long time for kits and we are grateful for any help we can get. With the education department’s gamechanger implemented this term, there is a great interest in soccer. We have five teams starting from the Grade 1s and there are girls too,” he says adding that soccer balls is another big need.

“The idea was born out of the demand from the older generation of South Africans for the iconic Chippie to meet the new generation and impact the youth as the brand did back in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. We also believe in doing good and uplifting young people, and Chippie’s Champions is just one of many initiatives we have coming up in 2018 as part of our Wood for Good CSI programme,” says Murishca Martheze, brand manager of Timbercity.

School principal Vanessa Berry says: “We are eternally grateful for the donation to the school, it was a great need.”

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