It is only fair that team players at the Bloemfontein Celtic club give back every once in a while to show appreciation of the support they receive.
These were the words of Pule Malebo, who works as the club’s Supporters Liaison Officer as he explained why it was necessary for two of the club’s players to motivate Grade 12 learners at the Moemedi Secondary School in Rocklands.
“It is important because these learners are not only our supporters but the country’s future leaders. You’d find that some of them don’t come from good homes and that just knowing that someone is supporting them and believes in them, may mean the difference between pushing harder in their last exams and giving up,” Malebo said.
The two players who were motivating the learners to do their best were the striker for the team, Khethokwakhe Masuku, as well as Mpho Maruping, who is the team’s central midfielder.
Malebo said for the learners, seeing people they admire and pay money to go and see, taking the time out to come and motivate them was a dream come true.
Malebo said this is one of many efforts undertaken by the club. It has a cordial relationship with many high schools in the city and always strives to remind learners to do their best regardless of the circumstances.
Malebo said bearing in mind that the Free State was last year’s top province with matric results, he hopes this initiative will give the push learners needed to ensure that the province retains its position as number one in the country.
Moemedi High School could not be reached for comment on how they felt about this initiative by the popular Bloemfontein soccer team.