With the final two teams to compete in the finals of the Durban U19 International Tournament already decided, the event took another breather on Thursday, 6 August as Galatasaray and Stuttgart visited schools in Cleremont and Mayville to share their knowledge of football with learners at the respective townships.
Not only is the tournament keeping fans entertained with quality football but various communities are benefiting from the two week long tournament through the donation of soccer kits and coaching clinics. Itshelihle Primary School and Wiggins High School learners were given a unique opportunity to interact and kick-a-ball with future household names from international teams, Galatasaray and Stuttgart respectively.
Thursday’s CSI programs were the next in a series of activities undertaken by international teams: Arsenal, AC Milan, Celtic and PSV Eindhoven who also played their part in making a positive impact to youngsters.
“It is such a heartwarming experience for us to interact with the learners. We had the honour of handing over soccer kits and boots to them and hopefully these will aid in their dreams of them following in the steps of their local soccer heroes and become professional footballers” said Stuttgart midfielder, Roman Schweizer.
The sentiments of the German youngster were echoed by Event Manager, Ms. Gugu Marawa saying that the Durban U19 International Tournament is proud to be making a positive contribution to society.
“We have seen the positive response from fans coming out in their numbers at the King Zwelithini and Sugar Ray Stadium over the past few days but one of the highlights of this year’s edition is how we have contributed to the dreams of learners across various schools. The donations of these soccer kits as well as conducting these soccer clinics will certainly go a long way in helping some of these youngsters to fulfill their football dreams. The Durban U19 Tournament is not only about the scintillating football being dished out on the field of play, but also on positively impacting the lives of surrounding communities,” said Marawa.