By FOCUS REPORTER
Registration for the 2011 Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup has opened. Financial services company Sanlam, the Motsepe Foundation and Ubuntu-Botho are encouraging every school in all nine South African provinces, whether private, independent, township or rural, to register to compete in the 2011 edition of the richest schools’ competition which kicks off in March and in which any school stands a chance of winning the grand prize of R1 million.
“One of the key objectives of this sponsorship is to get as many football players as possible between the ages of 15 and 19 to compete and possibly to be seen by soccer scouts. Players who stand out will then be recruited into development structures to be nurtured and shaped into professional footballers,” said Frank Louw, Sanlam Sponsorships Manager. “To be able to achieve this we need to encourage all schools to register no matter where they are situated and they have until February 28 to do so.”
Being open to all schools makes the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup the biggest schools tournament in the country with the most prize money: R3,4m in total. The winning schools can utilise the money for any development project that enhances or advances the mission and objectives of the school and/or its immediate community, e.g. building of extra classrooms, upgrading the soccer pitch, etc
The Motsepe Foundation endorses the objectives and rationale behind the sponsorship: “Look at our president, Mr Patrice Motsepe,” said Kenneth Makhanya, representative of the Motsepe Foundation and Ubuntu-Botho. “He achieved success by setting goals and working hard to ensure he reached them which often meant sacrifice. The Sanlam Kay Motsepe Cup was initiated by Mr Motsepe through the Motsepe Foundation 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 and Sanlam, having the same vision, has created an ideal partnership.”
To register to compete in the Sanlam Kay Motsepe Cup, please contact the South African Schools Football Association on 011-567 2010 or Frank Louw at Sanlam on 021 947 2093 before February 28.
Winners’ prize money:
1st Place R1 000 000
2nd Place R600 000
3rd Place R500 000
4th Place R400 000
9 x provincial winners R100 000 each