Soccer league gets R20 000 prize boost

2018-05-03 06:00
=Ade Adekunle from Swiftresponse Street Soccer together with Charne Blum, Galaxy Bingo: Marketing and Public Relations Manager. Galaxy Bingo is the title sponsor of the street soccer classic league which kicks-off by end of June. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Ade Adekunle from Swiftresponse Street Soccer together with Charne Blum, Galaxy Bingo: Marketing and Public Relations Manager. Galaxy Bingo is the title sponsor of the street soccer classic league which kicks-off by end of June. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Galaxy Bingo invites street soccer players to get their teams ready for the forth-coming Galaxy Bingo Street Soccer Classic League which kicks off on June 30th at Jubilee Park Stadium in Uitenhage.

R20 000 worth of educational prizes will be up for grabs for the winning teams. Games will be played on Saturdays and the finals will be on December 1st.

The league is hosted by Swiftresponse Street Soccer and the organiser, Ade Adekunle, said it is called a classic league, “Because it is unique to host a soccer event where boys and girls play in the same team in an organised street soccer event.”

The league will be the fifth annual street soccer classic played at Jubilee Park, but the first time that it has a title sponsor.

“With our first event we started using tyres as goal posts. Now we are at a stage where, thanks to Galaxy Bingo, we have all the soccer equipment to host a proper league event,” said Adekunle.

Galaxy Bingo’s involvement with the event started last year after they had met with Adekunle and the players at the 2017 league event.

Charne Blume, Galaxy Bingo’s Marketing and Public Relations Manager said, “We were inspired by how Ade uses street soccer to teach life skills and mutual respect among the diverse cultures, genders and even religious backgrounds of these young and vibrant participants.

“Teaching these aspects to young people is extremely important and we therefore view this league as an invaluable investment to help bring about positive change in the Uitenhage and surrounding communities.

“We commend Ade and people like him who dedicate their time to make a difference in people’s lives.

“We are proud to be associated with the event and want to wish all the participants the very best.” said Blume.

According to Adekunle, “There are extremely talented kids participating in street soccer games. This actually is the source of where you start with development of the game and of individuals.

“We mentor these young soccer players to be ambassadors of the good things in life. To be disciplined, to respect others and most important to promote gender equality.”

Therefore when a girl scores a goal it counts double. This, according to Adekunle, forces the boys to incorporate the girls in their game plan.

“If they want to win, double scores are a huge benefit and only girls can kick those. Also, the boys are cautiously forced to not make physical contact with the girls as that will cost them a penalty point.

There are two age categories for the league: 14 years and younger; and 15 years and older. Each team consists of 10 members of which at least 2 have to be girls.

Entries are free of charge, but teams have to register before mid-June at 10 Alexander Street. Entries must be accompanied by proof of birth certificates or identity numbers.

  • For more information contact 073 003 9441; 083 975 1885 or 062 7005595.

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