Friday, April 25, 2014

10th Edition of the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup to be launched

This year marks the 10TH anniversary of the under-19 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup and it is to be launched in style on Saturday, 29 April, with reigning champions, Clapham High School taking on 2012 champions the School of Excellence, both from Gauteng, in an exhibition match at Loftus Stadium’ at 6pm.

 The game will precede the Pretoria derby between Sundowns and Supersport United, kick off for that game is 8.15pm. To make the day a memorable one, Sundowns has further offered the first 500 fans, dressed in Sundowns colours that arrive to watch the curtain raiser a free ticket to the later game.  Gates open at 4pm.

The tournament is co-funded by Sanlam, the Motsepe Foundation and the Sanlam Ubuntu-Botho Community Development Trust and managed by the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA) and the Department of Basic Education.

The Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup plays an invaluable role in the development of football in South Africa, providing organised, competitive competition for the schools involved. It also, through its prize money, makes a major contribution to community development.

This year, R3,4 million will be paid out to schools, with the proviso that they use the money to fund educational and community projects in their areas that will benefit the wider community on a long term basis.

The prize money increased dramatically five years ago and in that time over R13.6 million has been utilised in this way by the winning teams and this year the winning school at the national finals tournament will walk away with R1 million. The second, third and fourth placed schools will receive R600 000, R500 000 and        R400 000 respectively. The nine provincial winners will each receive R100 000 for their efforts.

The highlight of the 10th anniversary of the tournament is likely to be the on-going rivalry between Clapham High School, the current champions, the School of Excellence and the most successful team in the history of the tournament, Harmony High School from Virginia in the Free State.

The Mamelodi Sundowns Development Academy players are schooled at Clapham, while The School of Excellence is a sports academy that has supplied many players to PSL, First division as well as second and third division clubs over the years.

Mamelodi Sundown’s Percy Tau was part of the Clapham team in 2013 and was named the player of the tournament. He has scored 2 goals for Sundowns this year.
The tournament is named in memory of Kay Motsepe, the mother of prominent businessman Patrice Motsepe. The aim of the tournament is to contribute to the development of South African soccer and to nurture future soccer stars. It strives to unite the country’s youth through the shared love of the game and to promote football excellence.

Sanlam’s sponsorship manager Frank Louw says the company understands the value of development and the opportunity it gives youngsters to achieve what they hope for. “We believe that the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup creates opportunities that have a positive impact on the youth, and that the tournament provides exposure to professional scouts for talented players,” he said.  “Importantly, it also contributes to enhanced learning through improved educational facilities for the benefit of the rest of the pupils in the participating schools and for the benefit of the broader community.”

Kenneth Makhanya, a representative of the Motsepe Foundation and Ubuntu Botho Trusts, said the Motsepe Foundation endorses the objectives and rationale behind the sponsorship. “Our president, Mr Patrice Motsepe, initiated the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Cup in memory of his mother and to recognize the integral role she played in his life – encouraging him through school, then university and helping him through the dark times as well. This is what we want for the South African youth. Sanlam share that vision and it has created an ideal partnership.”

The tournament is organised by the South African Schools Football Association (Safsa). Their president, Mandla Mazibuko, said they are very grateful to Sanlam and Mr. Motsepe for their generosity. “Through this tournament we are able to educate learners through the medium of sport, and to ensure the future of the game,” he said.

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