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Wild About Soccer goes to Marakele

Date: 2009-07-09

Wild About Soccer, Dreamfields partnership with South African National Parks (SANParks), has been extended to the Marakele National Park in Limpopo Province – thanks to the generous support of Edcon. Four school teams gathered at Marakele to receive their brand new DreamBags of boots, balls and kit and learned valuable lessons about the environment at the same time.

While DreamEvents are traditionally about soccer, this day also included an educational session on conservation awareness. The teams then put the lessons learnt into action. Before the matches started, all the teams including the teachers and coaches, picked up litter on and around the field. Ezekiel Moatshe, team manager for Deo Gloria Primary said: “This day is so exciting. We started in the morning with learning about game and the Marakele Park and now we are going to play in new gear.”

Once the cleanup campaign was over, the DreamBags were handed over and the first game kicked off. All these knock-out matches ended with penalty shoot-outs, with Ysterberg Primary winning the final against Mabogopedi. Andrew Mothupi, team captain from Ysterberg Primary felt like a winner even before receiving the winner’s trophy: “I’m feeling very happy and grateful. It’s the first time I’m wearing new boots.” he said.

The soccer tournament ended with an afternoon prize giving ceremony at which Edcon’s Group Transformation Manager, Xolile Caga, handed over the medals and the trophy to the deserving winners. Caga said:”Edcon is very proud to be associated with this exciting initiative of helping our youth to realise their dreams. For us, the programme is more than just giving DreamBags to the schools. It’s about building a nation of winners. With 2010 around the corner, our country requires initiatives like these. The number of learners we have reached will continue to grow.”

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