For some of the kids, it will be the first time they fly in an airplane, let alone the first time they get to walk on the field with massive South African soccer stars!
When the SuperSport United Soccer Schools Cape Town under 10s team received news that their sponsor had fallen through, the boy’s hearts were shattered.
SuperSport United Soccer Schools exists to give children from 5-15 years of age the best start in football. The SSUSS Cape Town under 10s team won the SuperSport United Futsal World Cup in 2017. With the opportunity for the 2018 team to compete in Johannesburg for the 2018 World Cup, the boys had been practicing relentlessly to reach their goals of winning for the second row in a year.
The team are set to compete in Johannesburg on the 1st December, and without the much needed funding, 6 of these talented young men may not be able to join their fellow team mates. Not only giving these soccer star the chance to showcase their exceptional talents, but the out-of-town tournament means that many of the team mates will get to fly on an aeroplane for the first time, and experience the fast paced action Jozi has to offer!
Coaches Matt Daniel and Brent Sanders felt helpless when receiving the news, having injected R40 000 of their own money to the trip costs thus far – and knowing that at this time of the year, with very little time left, the task to raise the last R30 000 needed to send the kids on their trip seemed impossible.
The cost of the trip up to Johannesburg is R5000 for each of them (R2520 return flight, R810 discounted accommodation, R660 for ground transport, R535 for meals) but these kids, like so many in our country, fall below the breadline.
Their parents scrape what little they can together just to get them to their practices.
Earlier this week in desperation, Daniel and Sanders put a plea out to their network of close friends and family, hoping by some small miracle he could spread the word and collect donations for the boys. Within 36hours a handful of donors came through, and he’s successfully raised an incredible R14 000 to cover nearly half of the costs.
However, the traction was short-lived, and with an outstanding figure of R16 000 they’re now appealing to anyone who can spare a few rand to go to this important cause.
In a new development, the young soccer stars have been offered a chance of a lifetime to walk on to field with the SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns team on Saturday 1 December during the PSL game at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium!!! Not only will they experience the glory of the stadium game, but the boys will get to meet the players in person and hang out with them in the change rooms.
For anyone able to donate, no matter the amount, please use the following:
Branch code: 198765
Account name: S Greves
Account number: 1084575310
Reference to us: FWC + your name
You can also contact Matt on firstname.lastname@example.org