MAMELODI AND UMLAZI LEARNERS CLINCH COVETED KIA STREET SOCCER PROVINCIAL FINALS

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MAMELODI AND UMLAZI LEARNERS CLINCH COVETED KIA STREET SOCCER PROVINCIAL FINALS

Published on June 20, 2011 with 1 Comment

Mamelodi won the Gauteng Provincial Final of the KIA Street Soccer programme, which took place on Moloto Street in Dobsonville, Soweto on Youth Day (16th June). Mamelodi beat fellow Tshwane community Atteridgeville in the closely contested final to secure the coveted KIA Street Soccer Trophy.  Earlier in the week (14th June) players from Umlazi scooped poll position in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial final, which took place on the streets of KwaMashu. 

Since the beginning of the tournament, which kicked off mid April, Youth sports development agency Sporting Chance, with the support of title sponsor KIA Motors and associate sponsors Foodzone, Dawn Wing and Supersport Let’s Play, has rolled out the neighbourhood street soccer programme in streets in and around Durban, Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth as part of FIFA’s Ticket Fund legacy. The KIA Street Soccer League was created as one of the tiers of the Ticket Fund initiative as a means of adding sustainability to the programme and 4 500 boys and girls under the age of 13 of that have taken to the streets throughout South

Elana Afrika shows her support at the Gauteng finals

 Africa in recent weeks to play the ‘beautiful game’.

According to Brad Bing of Sporting Chance, who conceptualised and co-ordinates the programme, being healthy and keeping active are additional critical life skills taught by the programme, and for the first phase, a Health Education Road Show visited all the participating communities leading up to the second phase – the start of the league.

In addition to activities designed to show and share the importance of physical activity, nutrition, personal hygiene and TB awareness, the sessions also covered key issues of sports etiquette, conflict resolution, and environmental awareness, encouraging learners to take pride in their environment and recycle.

Umlazi take the Kwa Zulu Natal title for 2nd year!

The project has also created contractual employment for 800 coaches.

“Street Soccer not only provides a platform for children to display their football skills and sporting prowess, but also gives an opportunity to build self-esteem while at the same time learning about the importance of good health,” said Bing.

Mamelodi the 2011 Gauteng champions!

 

Two more provincial finals take place this week in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth (21 June) and in Grassy Park in Cape Town (24 June).

For more information contact Natalie Pollock at Sporting Chance on 021 683 7299, log onto www.sportingchance.co.za, or join facebook.com/sportingchance for regular updates.

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  1. What an excellent project your team has put together. The fun and enjoyment that you have given these 4500 participants is respected and admired.
    Brad Bing

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