SA schools urged to start registering for the Kay Motsepe Cup

By FOCUS REPORTER

ORGANISERS of the annual Sanlam Kay Motsepe Schools Cup are calling all the deserving

schools in the country to register themselves for the 2012 edition of the competition.

Registration for this competition which is regarded as the world’s richest schools

tournament opened last week.

Financial Services Company,Sanlam, the Motsepe Family Foundation and Ubuntu Botho Trust have urged

every school in all nine provinces, whether private, independent, township

or rural, to register to compete.

The tournament is played under the auspices of the South African Schools

Football Association (SASFA) .

Not only is there a total of R3.4 million in prize money up for grabs, but

football scouts from Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club will be attending as

many rounds as possible in a bid to find exceptional talent to place in the

Mamelodi Sundowns Football Academy.

“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’s 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 March 9 to do so.”

The prize money is to be utilised 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, computer centres, upgrading

the soccer pitch etc

The Motsepe Family Foundation endorses the objectives and rationale behind

the sponsorship: “Look at our president, Mr Patrice Motsepe,” said Kenneth

Makhanya, representative of the Motsepe Family Foundation and Ubuntu Botho

Trusts. “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 Family 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 Schools Cup, please contact

Mr Nelson Belebesi of the South African Schools Football Association (SASFA)

011 567 2824 or Mr Frank Louw of Sanlam on 021 947 2093. Registration closes

on March 9.

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

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