Supporting the beautiful game

Supporting the beautiful game Ask any soccer fan or player and they will tell you that a soccer team without kit just doesn’t feel complete. 2 hours ago Michael Ngcobo (left) and Boxer executive Gary Ingle (right) with several players Real Stars Football Club in their new kit. If you take a turn past Umzumbe Primary School near Hibberdene you will come across a dusty field. It’s no ordinary field however. Every week dozens of children from nearby homes gather on the Fairview Field for soccer practice to hone their skills in preparation of their next match. ALSO READ : Hlanganani Prep goes green The youngsters are part of Real Stars Football Club and they are managed by Michael Ngcobo. Despite not having kit or boots to play in they take the game as seriously as any professional soccer player. Ask any soccer fan or player and they will tell you that a soccer team without kit just doesn’t feel complete. Boxer Superstores Executive Gary Ingle, who regularly visits the area, recently changed all that. Together with Coach Michael he organised boots and player uniforms for the team. “These youngsters are here for a reason. They love the game and Michael says that the more they are on the field, the less they are likely to do anything that they aren’t’t supposed to like drugs and so on,” Ingle said. Ingle organised soccer boots and official Boxer soccer game day kit, including shirts, socks and shorts. “You should see how these kids play. They are in love with the game and with full kit are even more proud to play for their team,” he added. Only the starting 11, chosen through weekly training, get the nod and with more than 40 players across 3 age groups, competition is tough. “It’s just the start. At Boxer we always try help the community we serve so when this opportunity came up of course we wanted to get involved,” added Ingle. Coach Michael dedicates hours every week to practice. “He is making a real difference to the lives of dozens of children and that is something special. Boxer is glad to play a part in helping him make that difference,” he concluded. Keep an eye out for these youngsters, the next Percy Tau may very well come from that dusty field. HAVE YOUR SAY Like the South Coast Herald’s Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram To receive our FREE email newsletter.