On Saturday, 1 October at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville, Clapham High School from Pretoria, Gauteng were crowned champions of the 2016 McDonald’s U/14 Schools League.
In a nail biting battle of football talent, Clapham High School representing Gauteng province came out victorious against Dr J.L. Dube High School from KZN, the champions won 3-1 in penalty shootouts. Both teams displayed some amazing skill and tricks on that the crowd on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.“We are pleased with the success of the 2016 McDonald’s U/14 Schools League and to crown Clapham High as the champions. Over the last 7 years, we have been impacting children’s lives and helping them realise their dreams and this was made possible by continued support from the coaches, parents, teachers and communities.” said Daniel Padiachy, Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s South Africa.
The 3 day long national finals is the culmination of the four soccer festivals that took place in KZN, Northwest, Mpumalanga and Western Cape
Through the partnership with SASFA, the custodian of schools football, McDonald’s has been able to develop dreams by providing a structured platform that teaches children teamwork, self-discipline and allows young footballers to develop relationships with their peers.
Overall results for the finals:
Position 9: Chris Hani Secondary School, Western Cape
Position 8: Orion College High School, Northern Cape
Position 7: Noordeland High School, Limpopo
Position 6: Grey College, Free State
Position 5: Tshwaraganelo Primary School, North West
Position 4: Sibhulo Secondary School, Mpumalanga
Position 3: Charles Morgan Primary School, Eastern Cape
Position 2: John Dube High School, KwaZulu Natal
Besides soccer, the main entertainment for the day was the youngest winner of South Africa’s got talent DJ Arch Junior who attempted a Guinness World Record at the tournament, Ronald McDonald, ball jugglers and other festive acts kept the crowd thrilled.