The week ahead

DSCF3262Bellstar United make the trip to Hout Bay on Friday night when they face HBUFC. Both teams recorded their first win last week where Bellstar beat UWC 1 nil and HBUFC beat Two Oceans by the same score. So far the sides are evenly matched so will make for a tough encounter.

The early 2:30 kick off on Saturday is at Royal Road where FN Rangers will be hosting Silver Spurs. Newly promoted FN Rangers already had a taste of victory in their first match but found D&G Orient too hot to handle when they lost 4-2 last week. Spurs is not going to offer any relief as the Silvertown side are yet to record their first win after drawing both their opening matches. This match should be a good contest.

South End travel to Thornton this weekend where the new Santos team will be the host. Santos have made many changes since we last saw the outfit in the 3rd division and they will be hoping to record a victory after stumbling last week against Rebels. South End will be looking to improve their season and recording their first win of the season will be a step in the right direction.

Second placed Riverside Rangers travel to Mitchells Plain and should fancy their chances against a struggling Bayhill United. Bayhill have conceded 5 goals and scored none in their past 2 games, a statistic that new coach Leon Ganger won’t be pleased about. Ganger, a former FC Fortune captain, has his work cut out in getting the Bayhill team back to winning ways. Riverside, last year’s runners up have had a good start and also managed to keep clean sheets in both their matches so far.

Junction Rovers are one of those teams which are always going to be in the mix when it comes to the end of the season. Although they haven’t recorded a win as yet, they will be a tough assignment for a Rebels side that come off a good win against Santos last week after the Khayalitsha side went down 2 nil to Riverside Rangers the week before. This has the makings of a tough game for both sides.

Table View Sports Complex will be the venue for Blaauwberg as they host Two Oceans Academy. Blaauwberg United is the new look Spice 4 Life team which made their entry to the league last season and just managed to survive relegation. With new resources available the team will be looking to make a better impact this season. They’ve had tough opening games so far as they lost to D&G Orient 3-0 but displayed character in the next match drawing 3 all against Silver Spurs. Two Oceans have had a fair start to their campaign beating UWC 3-0 but was brought down to earth when they lost to HBUFC last week. The side from Epping will want to bounce back this week and might fancy their chances against their neighbours who haven’t recorded a win as yet.

Promoted Cape Town United have to face current log leaders D&G Orient on Saturday. The Mannenberg side are high in confidence after winning their opening 2 games but the new boys haven’t done that bad in their first start in the league, having won Bayhill and drawing against Junction in their opening matches. So this has the potential of being the match of the weekend between these 2 teams.

UWC host new boys Hanover Park and the home side will be looking to improve their start to the season. The visitors managed to set aside their loss in their first game against Santos and overcame South End winning them 4 – 1 on Sunday. UWC will be hoping that Hanover Park leaves their scoring boots at home on Saturday and that the students find the back of the net.

Week 1 at a glance – SAFA 3rd division

new-logo-draftNewly promoted FN Rangers host Bayhill United on Saturday at the Royal Road sports field in Maitland.
The home side have kept most of the players who won the club promotion last year as they look for continuity and an opportunity for the young team to showcase their talent in the 3rd division. We will have to wait see the type of football they deliver as the club is well known for playing an entertaining style.
Bayhill united have a new coach. Leon Ganger takes over from Jeff Isaacs and apparently a younger outfit will take the field for the Mitchells Plain side. So with both sides having the youthful vigour this should be a cracking affair.

Bonteheuwel Sport Complex will be the venue for the South End and Bellstar clash at 3pm.There wasn’t much which separated the 2 sides last year as they ended 1 point from each other on the log. In the 2 games played last year South End were 3-1 victors in the first round but Bellstar ended the second round match encounter 2-0. Who will be victorious on Saturday?

The other promoted side is Cape Town United and they will be playing at home in Langa against Junction Rovers. Junction is a team that has pedigree in this league and are sure contenders for the title as they are every year. It is a very good first match for Cape Town United as they will know how they compare with one of the toughest teams in the division.

Rebels have their first match of the season at home in Site C. They welcome last year’s runners up, Riverside Rangers who must be 1 of the firm favourites this year after coming so close last time around being 2 points short from eventual winners, Jomos Power. The Rangers side collected 6 points from their opponents last year but will know that the home side is capable of delivering a good enough performance to win at home. An exciting match up for sure.

Spice 4 Life has had some changes internally and is now called Blaauwberg United. Coach Fortune is still in charge after taking over late in the season last year and managed to survive relegation after the side’s poor start. They host D&G Orient at Dunoon on Saturday. D&G Orient have made their intentions clear and are planning to be a force in the league. The team however has some changes in the playing staff from last year so depending how they combine might have a tough time on Saturday.

Relegated Mitchells Plain United, now called Santos in the 3rd division are home to Hanover Park who purchased the Shockwaves franchise. Santos is currently finding their feet as they rebuild the club in an attempt to become one of the powerhouses in Cape Town football as in previous years. Hanover Park have been in this environment before and was a team who, was also a force to be reckoned with on the playing field. This will be an interesting match.

UWC enter their second season in the 3rd division and are away to Two Oceans Academy in Epping on Sunday. The students had a tough time last season managing 9 wins but picked up momentum during the season to steer clear of relegation. Two oceans had a promising start last season but quickly found it tough and will be more than likely be better prepared this season.

With the first fixture taking place on Friday and all the above on Saturday and Sunday, the battle lines will be drawn and intentions made clear by Sunday evening.
It’s an exciting part of the season as coaches take stock of their pre season and test their approaches. One thing for sure it creates excitement for spectators and followers of the league. From the 4thmoment we wish all teams well and look forward to reporting on the players making their mark this season.

SAB League 2016/17 Kickoff

hbufc-vs-spursThe SAB League 2016/17 season kicks off this week. First up in Hout Bay HBUFC will be hosting Silver Spurs at the IY field at an 8pm kick off. With the newly formed 2nd division franchise formed in the area, a few players have left HBUFC including key players like ex captain Newton Constant, and found a place in the ABC Motsepe Devonshire franchise team.

HBUFC will now contain only Hout Bay based players and are looking to entrust the many youngsters to perform well enough to maintain their place in the league.
Bradley August, ex Bafana Bafana striker and most recently Glendene head coach, has taken charge of the team.
This is what HBUFC management had to say about their new coach “Bradley’s involvement stretches much further than the Castle team. He has influence across all of our structures and we’re busy building something that’s lasting and sustainable. His energy and enthusiasm is amazing-he’s had a huge impact already. Right now we’re working harder than ever; the guys are happy & disciplined. Hopefully we can win a few games and play some good football along the way”.

So all looks positive for the Hout Bay based side as they start their new journey with August. For Silver Spurs though all these new initiatives will have no bearing when it comes to kick off on Friday night. Old campaigners in the league and hugely experienced coach Victor Tajoodien with his team will be looking to collect 3 points in their first fixture. Spurs has always been a side where passion and grit are key ingredients for their success and with a few talented younger players wanting to impress, they will surely make for an exciting encounter.

NFD Preview week 2 – Stevlin Malgas

Mthatha Bucks top the NFD log after the first round of games
Mthatha Bucks top the NFD log after the first round of games

Saturday, 10 September 2016 – 15H00

Black Leopards v Jomo Cosmos, Thohoyandou Stadium

Old foes do battle as Lidoda Duvha go in search of their first points of the 2016-17 season, while Ezenkosi look to maintain their unbeaten start as they travel to the Limpopo Province. The two former PSL outfits have met on 22 occasions, Leopards edging with nine wins to Cosmos’ five, with eight matches ending a draw.

Witbank Spurs v Mthatha Bucks, Puma Rugby Stadium

A crunch encounter waits as Siyavutha face early leaders Amathol’amnyama, with both sides on the back of positive opening round results. The Eastern Cape-based Bucks however are yet to secure a point against Spurs, suffering defeat in two previous meetings.

FC Cape Town v Magesi FC, NNK Rugby Stadium

NFD rookies Magesi make their first trip to the Mother City as Moletjie’s Dikwena take on the African Beasts. The host heads into the encounter on the back of an away draw to Jomo Cosmos, while new boys Magesi look to pick themselves up from a home defeat.

Stellenbosch FC v University of Pretoria, Coetzenberg Stadium

A heated affair waits down in the Cape Winelands as Stellenbosch coach Sammy Troughton faces his previous employers.The AmaTuks bench will also have no stranger to the Mother City in coach Shaun Bartlett, as the former Cape Town Spurs striker squares off against a team where he spent a portion of his youth career at.

Mbombela United v Milano United, Kanyamazane Stadium

Tingwenyama will be gunning for their first win of the season as they come up against Eezy My Kinnes who also heads into Saturday’s encounter on the back of a first round defeat. The Cape-based side is yet to win against Mbombela having suffered 1-0 defeats on two previous outings.

Real Kings FC v Santos, Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium

The KwaZulu-Natal Kings will be aiming to extend their unbeaten start to their maiden campaign, as they host the People’s Team in their first home match of the season. Confidence will surely be high in the Santos camp, after opening round victory, as the Cape-based side looks to dethrone Kings.

Sunday, 11 September 2016 – 15H00

Thanda Royal Zulu v Royal Eagles, Umhlathuze Sports Complex

A Royal derby is set for the KZN province as a roaring Ambubeshi take on an Eagles side that are yet to take flight. Opening round results saw Thanda claw their way back to a 2-1 away victory to new boys Magesi, while Eagles had to settle for 1-1 draw against NFD rookies Real Kings.

Cape Town All Stars v AmaZulu, Parow Park

Igugu Lekapa will look to bounce back from their opening round defeat, as they take on Usuthu in their first home match of the season. A crunch encounter will surely be on the cards with both sides having bolstered their squads, gunning for outright promotion.

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NFD Week 1 Preview – Stevlin Malgas

With the National First Division starting this week, Stevlin Malgas supplies a brief preview of the fixtures

Saturday, 27 August 2016 – 15H00

University of Pretoria v Cape Town All Stars, Tuks Stadium
AmaTuks returns to life in the National First Division, after spending the past four seasons in the PSL. They welcome a promotional-driven Igugu Lekapa who will be gunning for a bright start to their third season in the NFD.

Santos v Mbombela United, Parow Park
The Peoples Team will look to hit the ground running against last season’s surprise package in Tingwenyama. Santos who are on the back of another disappointing season in the NFD, will have to battle it out against Mbombela, whose sights will be to go one better than last season’s play-off finish.

Royal Eagles v Real Kings FC, Harry Gwala Stadium
A baptism of fire will surely be on the cards as the big-spending Eagles welcomes their newly promoted neighbours. There however will be no royal treatment for the Kings as derby action ascends on the KZN province.

Mthatha Bucks v Stellenbosch FC, Mthatha Stadium
The action returns to Mthatha Stadium in what will be a replay of last season’s opening fixture, with both sides gunning for improved performances. Amathol’amnyama will be looking keep last season’s unbeaten home record intact hosting the team formerly known as Vasco Da Gama.

Magesi FC v Thanda Royal Zulu, Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
Rookies Magesi gets a taste of life in the NFD as they entertain Amabhubesi in their opening encounter. The Richards Bay-based Thanda will be hoping to stamp their authority early on, to avoid a repeat of last seasons nail bitting relegation battle.


Sunday, 28 August 2016 – 15H00

Jomo Cosmos v FC Cape Town, Olen Park Stadium
It’s a return to what could be said to be familiar grounds for Ezenkosi, as coach Sono plots his 4th return to the PSL. A crunch encounter can be expected as Cosmos host the African Beasts, who are also no strangers to the demands of the NFD.

AmaZulu v Black Leopards, Prince Magogo Stadium
Two former PSL sides do battle as Usuthu host Lidoda Duvha, with Zimbabwean tacticians on either side of the field getting their first taste of NFD action. There however will be no time to crawl with promotion to the elite league being high on the agenda of both sides.

Milano United v Witbank Spurs, Boland Rugby Stadium
It’s off to Boland for Eezy my Kinnes as look to avenge last season’s defeat at the hands of Siyavutha. The match day venue will surely be a test for both promotional-driven sides, with the home side scheduled to play their first competitive match at the venue.


National First Division – Stevlin Malgas

National-First-DivisionThe National First Division is sure to heat up this coming campaign, with no less than seven former PSL-sides having to sweat it out in what is arguably the most competitive league in South Africa as everyone guns for promotion.

Despite the leagues lack of sponsorship and live TV coverage, NFD action has seen steady increase in attendance, with supporters in the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Eastern Province outnumbering their PSL counterparts.

There has also been an influx of former top tier coaches and players adapting to the demands of the fast paced league, along with adding great value to standard.

The second tier of SA football provides a platform for up and coming footballers to showcase their talent, with some already having caught the eye of national selectors, while others managing moves to the PSL and abroad.

With the start of the 2016-17 season on the horizon, below are the 16 teams that will be looking to rise to the top.

Western Province

Kwa-Zulu Natal Province 

Cape Town All Stars AmaZulu FC
Stellenbosch FC Real Kings
FC Cape Town Royal Eagles
Milano United Thanda Royal Zulu

Limpopo Province 

Mpumalanga Province 

Black Leopards Mbombela United
Magesi Witbank Spurs

North West Province 

Eastern Province

Jomo Cosmos Mthatha Bucks

Gauteng Province 

University of Pretoria

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Cup holders crash out of Coke – Joe Pillay

Young Idols 2015Defending champions Young Idols reign in a Safa Cape Town’s lucrative and ever-popular Coca-Cola Cup came to an abrupt end on Sunday.
The Manenberg side of Paul “Gazza” Johnson ended their journey at the Bonteheuwel sports complex against three-time crown champions Jamestown United from Athlone LFA.
The Athlone-based side progressed to the Last 16 round by virtue of their 5-3 victory on penalties after the game ended goalless.
Jamestown United, one of a very few clubs who won the Coke Cup three times in 1997, 1998 and 2008 will play Citizens FC from Langa in the next round at the William Herbert sports ground in Wynberg on August 21.
Nevertheless, it would have an insult to injury had Jamestown lost to Young Idols in the penalty shootout!
The Athlone side played like a well drilled oil machine and grafted like students burning the mid-night oil on the eve of the big examination.
With the result Jamestown United showed their opponents no respect at all. They completely dominated the game on the wide and big pitch which as expected Young Idols would find difficult to grasp.
But with in mind, Jamestown failed to find the back of the net. Why? Because they persisted with shots to the goalpost in the air which goalkeeper Ramone Newman dealt with brilliantly instead of testing the keeper with ground shots.
Idols never really tested the Jamestown custodian Abdur-Raaziq Brown because the Athlone side defence kept a tight rope on the opposition forwards, namely Ridaah Reid, Shannon Hendricks, Durand Mitchell and Keith Jansen.
The Jamestown side featured three Paulse brothers – the twin pair of Damien and Daniel and elder brother Denzil, who were the noticeable players among the relatively young side that also included Marawaan “Boontjie” Bantam, Geron Barnes, Graham Opperman and Ryan Brooks.
While Jamestown United deserved to win, Young Idols, who played their first game away from the comfort of their home, the Astro-turf Greens complex in Manenberg – can only dream of what could have been. They were complete out of it as the Athlone side worked non-stop to bring them down to earth.
For Jamestown Marawaan Bantam, Graham Opperman, Daniel Paulse, Geron Barnes and Damien Paulse all converted their spot kicks while Reidewaan Josephs, Lwandile Soboyise and Safwaan Stellenboom scored for Young Idols while goalie Brown saved Keagan Davids’penalty.
The draw fixtures for Last 16 (Sunday, 7 August) is: Florentina vs Young Pirates, Grassy Park United vs Glendene United, Langa Citizens vs Jamestown United, SSS Academy vs Wesley United/Two For Joy, Melchester Rovers vs Silver Spurs, FC Orient vs Beacon Spurs, FCG Hotspurs vs Rygersdal and Stephanian Ottery vs United FC.
The Results
BONTEHEUWEL: Florentina 3, Everton Spurs 1; Grassy Park United 3, Crystal Palace 2; Stephanian Ottery 2, Central 1; Jamestown United 5, Young Idols 3 (penalties, 0-0); FC Orient 5, D&G Orient 4 (penalties, 1-1); Melchester Rovers 4, Spenston 2; Glendene United 2, Ashford Athletic 1.
GRASSY PARK: Silver Spurs 2, TUBS 0; Beacon Spurs 3, Eleven Attackers 1; Citizens 2, Hustlas 1; SSS Academy 3, Wesfleur 2; FCG Hotspurs 2, CT Military 0; Rygersdal 8, TP Shepards 0; United 7, Ace Mates 1; Young Pirates 4, Stanturf United 2 (penalties, 0-0).
BONTEHEUWEL: Glendene United 2, Project Playground 0; Atlantic Nacional 1, FC Pioneers 0; Blue Downs Spurs 2, Don’t Mess With Texas 1; Hellenic 2, Real Thembisa 0; Everton United 1, Valhalla United 0; Liverpool-Portland 5, Seven Attackers 3; Milano United 2, Abatshana 0; Sporting United 6, Mighty Bucks 0.
GRASSY PARK: Old Mutual Academy 1, SSS Academy 0; Vasco da Gama 3, X1 Swallows 1; Masidlale 2, KTW Black Stars 0; Masithandane 4, Leiden Fusion Spurs 1; Junior Pirates 5, Silver Spurs 3 (penalties, 0-0); Eastern Rovers 2, MPCE 1; Bellville United 6, Archivers FC 5 (penalties, 0-0); Cedar United 4, Woodlands United 2.

Coke Round 64 roundup – Joe Pillay

cokeA rejuvenated Stanturf United side turned the game on its head, fought back remarkably well and silenced their critics with a come from behind 4-3 victory against Strandfontein in a Safa Cape Town’s lucrative and ever-popular Coca-Cola Cup on Sunday.
The all Mitchell’s Plain LFA derby in the round of the Last 64 was game in itself that had a bit of everything including drama in which two players from the Strandfontein side, namely Chad Jones in the first half and Shamiel Young during the second stanza received marching orders from referee Anwar Alexander for a deliberate handball and dangerous play respectively.
The fact that the “Seagulls” were playing on their home turf at the Strandfontein sports complex, they had to be content to finish this high intensity epic game with nine players.
Adding to that, Strandfontein were foolish to be reduced to nine players and no doubt brought it upon themselves – though they gave it their all, they were pressurized by a transformed and aggressive Stanturf side who were equally determine to proceed to the next round.
Nevertheless, Stanturf United victory sees them pitting their skills against Young Pirates of Heideveld LFA on July 24 in the round of the Last 32.
Besides Jeanne Valentyn’s (head coach) Stanturf United, Beacon Spurs is the only other team from Mitchell’s Plain to that have carved their name with pride amongst the surviving contestants while Liverpool-Portland, Juventus, Cedar United Heinz Park, Ashley Rovers, Highlands Park, Juventus and Leeds Lentegeur all joined Strandfontein in making an exit.
Eric Davey, a club official of Stanturf United said the players held their nerve and came back after being 2-1 down to score three goals in the second half and win the game 4-3.
“I think we were just a different side after the changeover and our endurance and skill on the ball were the key factors to our match-winning success,” added Davey.
For the Seagulls Seanleigh Gladden scored a brace and Ian Floris added the third goal while Abdullah Davis, Marlon Opperman (2) and Monray van Niekerk scored for Stanturf United.
Liverpool Portland blew it! After having held a comfortable 2-0 cushion against Grassy Park United, they ended level 3-3 at normal time and lost 7-6 on penalties in an interesting shootout challenge in which both teams were successful with their first five compulsory spot kicks.
In another exciting and see-saw game in which both goalkeepers Kurt Timm (Cedar United) and Nazier Stoffels (FC Orient) were equally to the task and brought off a few point blank and excellent saves that produced good entertainment.
With that in mind FC Orient shaded Cedar United 2-1 and will meet their Manenberg neighbours D&G Orient (who beat Tottenham Hotspurs 1-0) in the next round.
Rushen Abrahams in the no.3 shirt is a livewire and a bundle of energy and it showed on the field as he helped himself to brace – scoring either side of the goalpost with the decisive winning goal coming in the 83rd minute.
Mind you, Cedar United scored first in the first half through Nazeem Cloete while Orient’s Dale America and Gareth Syms caught the eye with good dribbling touches.
Also at Strandfontein, the Athlone LFA side, SSS Academy won the nine-goal contest battle against Heinz Park of Mitchell’s Plain with a 6-3 result.
Super-sub Isma-eel (Gallie) Valentine will be remembered more for scoring five of the goals for SSS Academy.
Meanwhile Young Idols – the defending champs – entered the Last 32, thanks to goals from Durand Mitchell and Shannon Hendricks – they beat Greenwood Athletic 2-1 in Manenberg and will face three-time former champions Jamestown United in their next game.

The grind draw fixtures for Last 32 (Sunday, 24 July) is:

Young Pirates vs Stanturf United, Ashford Athletic vs Glendene United, Hustlas vs Langa Citizens, Wesfleur vs SSS Academy, Wesley United vs Two For Joy, Spenston vs Melchester Rovers, Eleven Attackers vs Beacon Spurs, Everton Spurs t Florentina, FCG Hotspurs vs Cape Town Military, Grassy Park United vs Crystal Palace, Rygersdal vs Delft Badgers, TUBS vs Silver Spurs, Central vs Stephanian Ottery, FC Orient vs D&G Orient, Young Idols vs Jamestown United and United FC vs Ace Mates.

Arising Stars U23 GP vs Lavis

DSCF9551 ii (Medium)The Arising Stars U23 tournament took place on the weekend of the 17-19 June and as expectation was high in what is becoming a very popular event.

With the Bayhill U19 and now the new D&G Greensmile U21 tournaments, the U23 spectacular is the last effort by aspiring players to be seen by local scouts. Of course for many players who are already in a semi pro setup it’s the opportunity to secure themselves in the franchise.

This particular fixture saw, Grassy Park, who recently joined the 2nd division league, take on local side Bishop Lavis. The side from Grassy Park contained many 1st team regulars and were coached by head coach, Theo Hempe.

The experience of Grassy Park almost immediately had its benefit as the team pressed their opponents with intent and applied pressure from the start. Jumah Swabu, the Grassy Park striker, scored his side’s first goal in the 5th minute after Dylan Isaacs played the ball in the channel and a wide player collected the pass to deliver the assist for Swabu.

The next few minutes saw Bishop Lavis trying their best to get into the game but were guilty of not stringing much passes together and struggled with the pace of their opponents. The rest of the half had Grassy Park applying pressure but unable to finish off the opportunities created while Bishop Lavis were gaining confidence a they moved forward with long passes over their opponents midfield.

5 minutes into the second half and Grassy Park were 2 nil up after they scored from a set piece which was not cleared by the Bishop Lavis defence.  The rest of the second half was dominated by Grassy Park with Bishop Lavis not giving up but unfortunately were guilty of making the wrong decisions in attack and failing to clear in defence.

The match ended in 4-1 in favour of Grassy Park with Morne Breda of Bishop Lavis scoring from the spot in the last minute of the game.

Coaching vs poaching

img_2188A recent grassroots survey revealed a whopping 89% of teams have had a player approached by another coach to play for them.

We asked why the craze towards poaching the best players from the area to create an elite team, who does this benefit? Is it best for the kids? Is it to feed a coaches ego to win everything?

I recall a conversation 2 years ago between 2 under 7 coaches at the end of season presentation. Whilst discussing plans for their respective under 8 season one coach said he was to advertise in local papers and social media for trials as he had a few “weak links” he wanted to bring in players who were better.
The second coach challenged this and said he thought it was wrong to have a team at this age for so long and then have trials to ultimately have them replaced.
He said a coach’s job is to coach, develop and nurture his players, and not to cast aside kids he has and poach other team’s kids for a better team. This he argued was not coaching.

Both coaches continued the debate for a while but could not agree.

Ultimately the trials happened and about 60% of the team changed, again he did this from U8s to U9s and was in his eyes extremely successful winning leagues/tournaments and cups.

At U10s things began to change, knowing that their own children’s positions on the team were constantly at threat, parents began turning their back on the trophies and uncertainty and instead turned towards consistency and certainty, the penny had dropped.

This wasn’t a sustainable or happy team, it was filled with stressed children worried about their place.

No child should have to have this worry, what had started off as something for the kids had turned into an ego trip for the coach.

The good news is that poachers are uncommon. Over time, clubs and parents figure things out as the poacher’s methods wear thin.
The short-term benefits of a league or Cup is overcome by the poacher’s reputation and remember if you playing for a poacher’s team, your very place on the team is under threat at all times.

If your child has a coach, and not a poach, take a moment to thank him or her for doing things the right way because ultimately something much more than football is at stake and a coach knows this, your child’s happiness and wellbeing.

And in the end, the U-7s premier or U-10s holiday park tournament won’t be nearly as important as the good character your coach displayed each day for your son or daughter.

Source: Grassroots