Players from John Dube High School in KwaZulu Natal and Grey College from Free State were crowned provincial champions at the first McDonald’s U/14 Schools League soccer festival held at the VeldenVlei Sports Complex in Richards Bay this past weekend.
John Dube high school went head-to-head with other 11 schools from Kwazulu Natal, while Name of Grey College from Free State competed with 5 other schools. Both schools displayed tremendous skill during games and in the end, it was their remarkable energy and teamwork that secured them a place to represent their provinces at the 2016 McDonald’s U/14 Schools League national finals which will be held in Gauteng from 29 September to 01 October.
“McDonald’s has been developing dreams of children in schools for the past 7 years and we are continuing with our commitment to the contribution of football development at grassroots level. This year, we are excited about the soccer festivals as they allow children to showcase their football talent amongst their peers, parents and communities” said McDonald’s South Africa Corporate Affairs Director, Sechaba Motsieloa.
During the festival, 50 schools coaches from both KwaZulu Natal and Free State schools also underwent a one-day coaching training facilitated in partnership with KNVB adding to the 400 coaches trained in the past two years.
The McDonald’s U/14 Schools League soccer festival in KZN was the first of four in the new league format. The festival was a fun day filled with activities ranging from face-painting, jumping castles and entertainment from Ronald McDonald and DJ Arch Junior.