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Orlando Pirates stars help launch Spur Masidlale Soccer programme in Tembisa

May 8, 2018

Orlando Pirates stars help launch Spur Masidlale Soccer programme in Tembisa

On Thursday 3 May a group of sport-loving children from Tembisa had a memorable day, where they not only got to meet their soccer heroes but were presented with soccer kits and a delicious Spur meal.

At the launch of this year’s Spur Masidlale Soccer programme at Mashemong Primary School, the 60 boys and girls from Tembisa taking part in this unique initiative rubbed shoulders with stars from the Orlando Pirates team.

The Spur Soccer Masidlale programme was started in 2005 and has already reached more than 30 000 children from historically disadvantaged communities. What began as 12 one-day soccer clinics involving 10-12-year-old boys and girls has grown into a fully-fledged annual soccer league in the main metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban and Port Elizabeth.

For the next seven weeks 200 learners from ten primary schools in six different provinces will have the opportunity to expand their soccer skills; play in league matches and also receive valuable weekly life-skills training from dedicated mentors and coaches.Seven weeks of fun and learning will culminate in the ultimate reward, the opportunity to become a player mascot at an official PSL soccer match at the end of the Spur Masidlale Soccer league matches.

Spur identified the need to develop soccer and life skills amongst young South Africans from previously disadvantaged areas, says Khakhi Diala, Brand Activation Manager for Spur. “We are proud to have been investing in the youth in our communities to promote an active lifestyle and also expose youngsters to valuable life lessons through positive role models. Apart from soccer training, the boys and girls will learn life skills that help them cope with challenges and decision-making,” Khakhi explains. Masidlale means “let’s play” in Xhosa and with this programme Spur engages youths in a playful context to instil positive values, skills, and inspiration.

Spur not only provides lunch for the players during the programme but the sponsorship also extends to providing Spur branded soccer kit supplied by the international brand Kappa, equipment, and trained soccer coaches, all with the goal of creating the best learning environment.

At the end of the season, the kids will get to meet players from Supersport United and Bidvest Wits Football Club that will no doubt provide ample motivation for the next generation of South African soccer stars.

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