Soccer star shares his story

2019-05-28 06:00
Kerwin Peters.

Kerwin Peters.

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The future looks bright for the young talented soccer player, Kerwin Peters from Bridgetown.

The 18-year-old Peters spoke to People’s Post about his promising soccer career following his trip with Junction Rovers to the United States of America (USA) last month.

The team played against Liverpool, New York City and Tigers before returning to South Africa on Monday 1 May.

“The experience was amazing, and the matches were very good. I learned that there is more complexity in soccer than I thought,” says Peters.

He was impressed by the new techniques used by their opponents in the USA.

This made Peters want to grow his soccer skills and is planning to make it a career after completing matric at the end of this year.

“My trip confirmed that, with passion and drive, I am able to achieve any goal I set,” says Peters.

He got an opportunity after passing the trials of the City Mission Educational Service (CMES) last year, as he is a full-time Grade 12 student at the CMES, a non-profit organisation (NPO) that focuses on promoting education through skills development for the less privileged.

“I was playing trials for the semi-professional division at Junction Rovers when one coach noticed me and offered this lifetime opportunity,” Peters says.

Peters believes it was all possible through hard work. It has always been his childhood dream to be a sports star. “I was never afraid to try new things, I started by playing cricket then I tried rugby before my father advised me to try soccer in 2008,” says Peters.

Since then he showed potential. In 2017 he was noticed by Nathan Ramedies, director at CMES, when he came from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape to play in the Ajax Cape Town u.19 trials.

Ramedies and Peters discussed his future and two weeks later they had, together with his parents, reached an agreement. In 2018 they started polishing his skills and doors opened for Peters.

He says he would like to use soccer to change the communities that have made him, Tarentaal Road and back to his birthplace, Port Elizabeth. He is already helping with training the juniors in his spare time.


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