Investec Soccer League celebrates 10 years of changing lives
03 Sep 2018
The Investec Soccer League is a sponsorship for 20 high schools in Soweto, benefiting 360 learners in grades 8–12, under the age of 21.
It was first piloted in 2008 as the brain-child of Investec Corporate Social Investment. It is fully endorsed by the Gauteng Department of Education.
Winnings improve schools’ facilities
“10 years of the Investec Soccer League have produced hundreds of well-rounded individuals who
understand leadership, accountability and the spirit of fair play,” said Setlogane Manchidi. “It has been a great opportunity to use soccer as a development tool through sport to help develop our youth into well-rounded people.”
Format including a cash prize, trophy and medals
“It has been such a privilege to see the success of the Investec Soccer League over the years, and the way it has helped young people,” said Setlogane Manchidi, Investec CSI head. “This programme is about development through sports, not just sports development. So we’re always happy to see the players pick up skills that will help them throughout life.”
“Playing in this league, it means a lot to me and as young as I am, I'm honoured and it’s a privilege.”
Sifiso Sithole, Thulani High School captain
Football and life skills
“The Investec Soccer League taught me to be disciplined and to have respect towards my peers, my parents and my coaches. To be in the field is the best thing ever.”
John Junior Gulele, Lamula Jubilee Secondary School captain
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