This weekend Gauteng’s provincial finals take place at Bram Fischer Multi-Purpose Centre, Soweto.
Almost 16 Primary Schools, such as Sikhulisile, Maputle, Qhaqholla, Emfuleni, Diodi/Montsiwa, Sapebuso, Bophelo Impilo Private, Parkrand, Refalotse, Northridge, Tsakane, Townview, PS Tsosane, Thlakanag, Sunnyside Park and Livhuwani Primary Schools, will battle it out for national finals.
Following elimination stages throughout the country, the winning team will represent SA in the National Champions at the MILO African Champions Tournament against National Champions from other African countries in 2014.
So, this is serious business boys!
“Every child that actively participates in this under-13 Tournament becomes an ambassador for healthy living. It is a major responsibility, and when these young stars get off the soccer field, they become an inspiration and an example to their schoolmates and communities of how leading a healthy, active lifestyle and possessing a positive attitude can change your life for the better,” says Kelly Wainwright, Nestlé SA Marketing Manager for Dairy.
SASFA President Mandla “Shoes” Mazibuko, says:” At the end of the day, the ultimate prize in this tournament is not about the money that the winning teams receive, substantial as it may be.
The biggest reward remains in the experience and practice they acquire every time they step onto the playing field, as well as the healthy living life skills they are taught. Thanks to our partner Nestlé, it is programmes like the Nestlé MILO Champions Tournament that are essential to building our future footballers that will hopefully one day compete at professional level,” he says.
This year, all nine Provincial Champions will each receive R10 000.00 for their schools, and the National Champions will win R150 000.00, to be invested in a health and wellness initiative for their school.