Soccer kit handed over in Ottery

2018-07-17 06:01
Chippie the beaver, the iconic mascot of Timber City, poses with the junior team of Stephanians Soccer Club in Ottery when their kit and ball were handed over.

Chippie the beaver, the iconic mascot of Timber City, poses with the junior team of Stephanians Soccer Club in Ottery when their kit and ball were handed over.

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Five junior and five senior needy schools or soccer teams received their branded soccer kit from Timbercity at the Stephanians Soccer Club in Ottery. The handover was done on Friday 6 July after customers could nominate their school or club during May.

“With the Soccer World Cup in Russia something of the past we opted to do the handover in the heat of the tournament. Timbercity is a 43-year-old legacy brand and with the help of our iconic mascot, Chippie the beaver, we will be handing over the kits and balls in South Africa over the next two months,” Murishca Martheze, brand manager, says.

The 10 schools were nominated by customers/consumers who had to fill in a form and motivate why the school or soccer club is deserving of being one of the 10.

“Our customers had to tell the story of the school and/or extramural club and had to upload pictures as well.

“We selected the 10 winners randomly and they were announced on Saturday 16 June in honour of Youth Day. We contacted the winners to ensure they received their prizes,” she says.

The junior kit winners are Lantana Primary School in Mitchell’s Plain and Charleston Hill Primary in Paarl, Stephanians Soccer Club in Ottery, Saxonsea Primary in Atlantis and Gahlanso Primary in Tembisa in Gauteng.

The senior kit winners are Kensington Secondary School in Johannesburg, Syabonga High School in Durban, Blackheath Primary in Blackheath, Robinvale High School in Atlantis and Disciples Soccer Club in Stellenbosch.

“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.

“Everyone remembers the Timbercity jingle, it’s become a nostalgic memory, and we want to tap into that,” Martheze says

“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,” she says.

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