Bloem’s young soccer stars to represent the city

The U/14 and U/16 Bloemfontein ESS team ahead of the SA Friendship cup 2022. PHOTO: Supplied

Bloemfontein’s young soccer stars are geared up and have set off to the Annual Friendship Cup held this weekend. The Soccercise Bloemfontein division, known as ‘Soccer Starz’, is sending a squad of 85 kids to the soccer festival on starting today (16 September).

This squad has the biggest number of players at the soccer festival this year.

The cup tournament aims to create a countrywide ‘World Cup’ feel for players aged 8 – 16 years, where not only are their skills developed but they are also allowed to make friends all over South Africa.

According to Clinton Botha, regional and franchise manager of Euro Soccer Schools (ESS), the squad will leave on Friday morning and return on Sunday evening.

“The main reason for this event is for kids to experience soccer on a level they have never experienced before and to meet new friends from the ESS franchise, it is also our scouting method to recognise talented soccer players for the London Cup 2023 soccer event in England next year June,” said Botha.

Botha is currently working on a documentary about youth football in South Africa. “I am taking a videographer along with us because we are aiming for a good enough standard for platforms such as Netflix, seeing that that is our main aim,” continues Botha.

Botha also runs the ESS Soccer Academy for children all over Bloemfontein, from schools such as St Andrews, Grey College, CBC, Brandwag, and Tjokkies, to name a few.

“The U/10 and U/12 teams will be representing St Andrews as they are all Saints boys, and another u/10 team will be representing the Curro independent school. It really will be an exciting event.”

Bonolo Moloi