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KIA boosts grassroots football

KIA NAMIBIA: Working together: KIA Namibia sales manager JF van Eeden (right) hands over the new car to DTS youth coach Wieland Klinger (middle) and DTS board member Heiko Kesselmann.

KIA Namibia has renewed its sponsorship deal with the youth football division of the DTS Sports Club in Windhoek which has been running since 2013.

The sponsorship amounts to roughly N$55 000.
“We are delighted to see KIA Namibia continuing to support our youth programme. It is a great contribution and it helps a lot. We want to thank KIA for their help once again,” said Heiko Kesselmann, board member of the DTS. JF van Eeden, Sales Manager at KIA Namibia, underlined the importance of investing in Namibia’s youth. “Youngsters are the future of Namibia, in sport and in general. We at Kia want to do our share to develop talent and the well-being of our future sports stars and through sport create icons for Namibia’s youth.” The agreement sees KIA providing the new coach, Wieland Klinger, who took over the reins of James Verrinder this year, with a brand new Kia Picanto Ex with sunroof in the DTS Sport Club’s colours, signal red. “The support vehicle has been part of the sponsorship for all these years and it is a great contribution to DTS’s quest to further develop their youth programme,” said Kesselmann.
Furthermore, KIA is also the main sponsor of the DTS’s youth tournament held annually in October. The event has grown exponentially since its inception thanks to the on-going support of the KIA Namibia. Last year’s competition saw five different clubs from all over the country battling it out in four different age categories. Coach Klinger, who is flanked by Kauningua Kukuri as his assistance trainer, announced that the DTS youth programme has already grown to five age divisions this year with the U/15 category being the newest edition. Before, only the Under/7’s up to the Under/13’s called the red and white club their home. If everything goes according to plan, Klinger hopes that DTS can continue its success story by adding an Under/17 side in the next three to four years. The first youth football tournament of the season will be played next weekend on 10, 11 and 12 April at SKW.

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