Thursday, 25 November 2021

Local kids get their chance to go for goal

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Local kids get their chance to go for goal

The festive season is just around the corner, and for some, the spirit of giving begins at home. Starting on the weekend of 27-28 November 2021, local South African children, who otherwise might not be able to access proper football facilities, will be given a chance to take part in a Fives Soccer School tournament, with fresh new gear and some extra help from international broker, CMTrading.

Nelson Mandela once said, “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future”

In today’s post-pandemic reality, with many livelihoods negatively affected, CMTrading has stepped up to support some of the nation’s treasures – untapped and talented young soccer players – by making them part of the CMTrading Accelerate Futbol social soccer team.

The children will take part in an upcoming tournament on November 27-28 in picturesque Camps Bay, Cape Town, as one of the 14 teams participating in the Legends 5v5 Tournament. Local MMA legend and international UFC star, Dricus Du Plessis, will be on-hand to share valuable insights about the world of professional sports with the children. Every young soccer hopeful will be provided with their own gear and the opportunity to engage with other children while they have fun on the field.

Zihaad Israel, CMTrading South Africa Regional Manager, comments:

Q: Why create a social soccer team? How does this aim to help those in need?

“Many people in South Africa are struggling, and we as a company want to do our part in helping those who need it most. There are lots of kids from underprivileged communities throughout South Africa and giving back to the community is so important during this time.

“We want to afford kids the opportunity to play in football tournaments that they might not otherwise be able to participate in. It’s all about giving these kids something they may not ordinarily have had.

“There are kids that play for SAFA (South African Football Association) affiliated clubs, but they only play within their local communities, and they don't often get the chance to play in social Fives tournaments.

“This football tournament is also happening in Camps Bay, one of the most popular, glamorous tourist destinations in South Africa. It’s such a beautiful environment that most of these kids are not afforded the opportunity to experience under normal circumstances”. 

Q: Tell us more about the tournament

“The tournament is called Legends 5v5 and it’s not a SAFA-affiliated tournament; the format is 5-a-side – so there are 5v5 teams. Legends have about 14 teams that are entering throughout the Western Cape.

“I've come on board to put together a great group of highly talented kids.  We're going to be playing under the banner of ‘Accelerate Futbol,’ powered by CMTrading. We have two teams which are entered in the under 10 and 12 age groups. Ultimately, we’re here to have fun over two days. And hopefully, win the tournament!”

Q: What’s the importance of doing community work as a major South African brand?

“We want to create an impact in these kids' lives. The idea is for this not just to be just a once-off, but a stepping stone to something bigger and better in the long-term. We want to assist these kids, not only on the football pitch, but in other aspects of their lives, by affording them opportunities in terms of extra academic classes.

“We hope to bring along some tutors and mentors to give them a start at the best possible chance at a brighter future. And it all begins with this local tournament. We're bringing our brand Ambassador Dricus Du Plessis who is an EFC champion and currently fighting in the UFC, and He’ll share his winning mentality with the kids, which will be especially useful in the group stages.

“Overall, we want to create a lasting impact on these kids' lives, not just in football but in their home lives too, so they can ultimately grow up to be well-rounded, educated leaders of the country someday.”

Daniel Kibel, CEO at CMTrading adds, “We believe in giving back to the community. Helping others succeed is important to our brand. We hope to do our part in helping these children have a better future, and most importantly, have fun. Go Accelerate Futbol, make us proud!"

For more information on CMTrading, visit their official website at www.cmtrading.com or call +27105008026, and one of their friendly staff will assist you. Watch the press for more updates on the CMTrading Accelerate Futbol social soccer team.

CM Trading is the brand name of Global Capital Markets Trading Ltd (a Seychelles company, company no. 104785).

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