WHAT can your school do with R1-million? That is what the winner of the 2013 Sanlam Motsepe Schools Cup will get. The runners-up will take home R600 000, third place and fourth place finishers get R500 000 and R400 000 respectively. On top of this the nine Provincial winners will each get R100 000. Winnings are not handed over in cash but spent on legacy projects identified by the school.
Registration for the richest schools soccer tournament in the South Africa is open and schools have until March 15 to submit their entries. Financial Services Company, Sanlam, the Motsepe Foundation and Ubuntu Botho Trust in conjunction with South African Schools Association (SASFA) are urging every high school in all nine provinces, whether private, independent, township or rural, to register to compete.
Not only is there a total of R3.4 million in prize money up for grabs, but football scouts from PSL Clubs such as 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.”
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 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 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 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.”
“We are particularly grateful to Sanlam and Mr. Motsepe for their generosity. Through this tournament we are able to educate more learners thought sport,” said the CEO of South African Schools Football Association, Steve Pila .
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.
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