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Kathorus Juventus Street Soccer team is Jozi-bound for National KIA Street Soccer Final

Gauteng champions, the Kathorus Juventus street soccer team of young learners, who hail from Katlehong, are looking to upstage last year’s Western Cape winners of the 2012 KIA Street Soccer Finals, on the streets of Johannesburg. On Saturday 14 September, they will go head to head against other KIA Street Soccer provincial champion teams from the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape and the Free State, at Moloto Street in Dobsonville, Soweto.

The National Festival Finale will determine which team will capture the coveted 2013 KIA Street Soccer championship. Each of the non-Gauteng-based teams will be flown to Johannesburg where programme organiser Sporting Chance, in association with title sponsor KIA Motors, associate sponsor Mille, logistical partner Dawn Wing and media partners Supersport Let’s Play, Good Hope FM and Ukhozi FM, will host the competition’s ultimate clash.

Six months ago, Sporting Chance rolled out the national neighbourhood street soccer programme to 6000 boys and girls under the age of 13 in communities in Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Welkom. In total, 800 teams of six players each have participated in regional leagues since May. Weekly round robin matches have been followed by regional finals and ultimately Provincial finals, which were held in August.

Conceptualised and co-ordinated by youth sports development agency Sporting Chance, the KIA Street Soccer programme teaches life skills through the game of soccer, to kids who need it most, where they need it most. Their communities in the 40 regions are hindered by poverty and crime, and are lacking in adequate and safe facilities as well as stimulating after-school and weekend activities.

“We are thrilled to see the streets of South Africa coming together in the spirit of fun, sportsmanship and healthy living,” said Brad Bing, Managing Director of Sporting Chance. “The finalists have a wonderful opportunity to travel and meet kids from all over South Africa, making lasting friendships while soaking up all the good values this programme engenders.”

Since its inception in 2010, KIA Street Soccer, which is part of the 2010 World Cup Legacy, has doubled in size from 3000 participants to 6000 in 2013, increasing from 20 to 40 regions around South Africa. “We hope to continue to increase the number of children playing soccer and use this captivating and compelling game to engage and empower on a grand scale,” said KIA Motors South Africa CEO Ray Levin.

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



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