Soccer in its purest form

2017-04-25 06:01
The long awaited Super-7s junior soccer tournament is for action at the Shelley Road Sports complex in Salt River tomorrow. Here are some of the players and officials.

The long awaited Super-7s junior soccer tournament is for action at the Shelley Road Sports complex in Salt River tomorrow. Here are some of the players and officials.

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The long awaited Super-7s junior soccer tournament is primed and ready for action at the Shelley Road Sports Complex in Salt River tomorrow.

The scene is set for an exciting five-day football festival which will conclude on Monday.

Tournament director Iqbal Kasker says that the planning for the 2017 tournament had commenced a few weeks after last year’s event. After the success of last year’s tournament, the organisers increased the entry of teams from 64 to 112.

“This growth in entry is phenomenal from year one and we, the organisers, express our thanks again to the clubs for their interest. This year, the SRBFC Super 7s has attracted clubs from all over Cape Town, which includes areas such as Camps Bay, Milnerton, Atlantis, Somerset West, Gugulethu, Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain, Grassy Park, the northern suburbs, the City Bowl district and Franschhoek as well. Then professional clubs such as Ajax Cape Town, Battswood, Grassy Park United, Camps Bay and Milano United will also be participating this year,” says Kasker.

With youth development being the hype around football in the country, Salt River Blackpool FC stepped up and took it all the way to grassroots level with a junior 7-a-side tournament.

“We looked at where best we can add value to play at development, that is when we decided we were going right down to grassroots level,” says Kasker.

He also says that the idea was always to create an event in a safe environment where the focus will be mainly on enjoyment and fun.

“At this stage we are looking at just three age groups, because we are going to have four courts on one normal-sized football field.”

Kasker explains there is no prize money allocated to the winners, but the aim is to promote youth development in a fun environment. Despite having no financial rewards to participating clubs, he had no challenges in getting clubs involved and he has clubs on standby in case of any last minute withdrawals.

“The important thing that we want to promote is youth football and growth,” he says.

“Winners of the tournament will get a floating trophy and medals. The runners up will get medals, and the plate section will also get a trophy. There are individual awards like the player of the tournament and goalkeeper of the tournament.”

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