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Youth Football League kicks off this weekend

Youth Football League kicks off this weekend

Organizers of the newly founded HopSol Youth Football league said they are happy with the received entries that have exceeded expectations.

The HopSol Youth Soccer league plans to get just close to 1 000 kids off the streets, using football as a medium. Approximately, 1 012 boys from 20 schools and clubs will participate in the league which kicks off on Friday at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.

The first match will take place at 15:00 between the U/19 teams, Cosmos High School and Academia High School.

“It’s encouraging to note that the HopSol Youth Football League will create positive after hour school activities to reduce the possible abuse of drugs and alcohol by scheduling night leagues on Friday’s and Saturdays,” said Collin Benjamin, Co-founder of BKK Sports Trust.

Benjamin is also optimistic about this year’s league, citing the attraction of additional sponsors as an achievement that will further enhance the quality of the league games.

The Lady Pohamba Private Hospital will host a 1st Aid Course for all participating school coaches and provide medical alert stand by for all league matches during the season. Absolute Logistics have also made an in-kind contribution, sponsoring referee kits, whilst Coke will provide refreshments for the opening games on Friday.

“We need to own youth football for it to develop. Technically, there is a lot of work that needs to be done and tactically, whether individually, group or at team tactical level, there is a lot of improvement that needs to be done as well,” added Benjamin.

Sharing his personal experience as a former football player and coach, Benjamin also highlighted that personality development had not been given the attention it deserved, and stated that their role as league administrators would be to use sport to develop strong characters that are able to withstand some of the social pressures the youth face today such as drug and alcohol abuse,” Benjamin stated.

The HopSol Youth Football league was created as a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills against the best players in their group. League fixtures and results can be viewed weekly by visiting the Youth football.

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