Supersport Utd & SUSPI honour Madiba- 20 Jul 2012 00:00:00
Future football stars from Kayamandi rubbed shoulders with their idols this week when SuperSport United joined the Stellenbosch University Sport Performance Institute (SUSPI) to create a skills focused coaching clinic celebrating the 94th birthday of former President Nelson Mandela.
The 100 children were drawn from four schools in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch’s largest township, and were put through their paces by the SuperSport players including team captain Thabo September, at SUSPI’s FIFA 2 star accredited artificial turf.
The PSL stars who were in Stellenbosch to use SUSPI facilities for a pre-season training camp, conducted the clinic under the watchful eye of their head coach Gavin Hunt.
The clinic was followed by the children singing “Happy Birthday Madiba” before enjoying in to a huge birthday cake in his honour.
The decision to host the clinic came in response to the call for people around the world to spend at least 67 minutes doing something positive for their communities in honour of Nelson Mandela.
Hunt said: ‘If we can do something small to support Madiba’s legacy in our field of expertise, SuperSport United and I will always be available.’
David Kappel, the project co-ordinator of the Outreach Programme which forms part of SUSPI’s Youth Sport Initiative, added: ‘We wanted to give back to our communities, as Nelson Mandela did for his country by spending 67 years of his life fighting for social justice and a free, democratic South Africa.’