Soccer classic where all are ‘winners’

2016-09-15 06:00
=Adegbile Adekunle.  Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Adegbile Adekunle. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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A street soccer tournament for all ages, genders and races, will be held at Jubilee Park, with the aim to give people a real sense of accomplishment and pride at having achieved a certain goal.

“This goal is not the one you’ve kicked. It is the accomplishment to be part of an event where it is about human interest, about positivity, friendship and unity whilst enjoying soccer,” said Adegbile Adekunle, who for the past three years has been organising SwiftResponse holiday programmes during school holidays.

Adenkule is an archaeologist with a passion for soccer. He believes that exercise not only is good for your body, but that the endorphins produced whilst doing sport are even better, giving a person that feeling of happiness.

“At club level it is about winning, but at SwiftResponse it is about behaviour and happiness. You may have lost all your games, but what counts is your behaviour on the field. If it is good then you are a winner.

“The format of the tournament is something new and exciting. We for instance prefer mixed teams to break down perceptions. We have changed the rules a bit in our quest to have unity. A goal scored by a female player for instance counts 2 points.

“It is about attendance, endurance, discipline and treating others the way you would like to be treated. I know discrimination, but I also know how soccer can bring unity.”

Adekunle said the name SwiftResponse refers to “acting swiftly to social issues and being a winner through being a better person.”

15 Teams have already entered. Medals will be awarded to the team with the best behaviour and trophies to the winners of the various categories.

  • The SwiftResponse Street Soccer Classic tournament will be held on 4 and 6 October at the Jubilee Park sports fields. There is no entry fee. To enter phone Adegbile Adekunle at 073 003 9441 of visit their Facebook page.


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