The St Andrew’s College Football Club hosts its inaugural U15 Football Festival this weekend. The festival takes place in Makhanda (Grahamstown) from 8 to 11 August and will see 14 teams descend on the College campus. All the matches take place on St Andrew’s College’s Knowling and St Aidan’s fields.
St Andrew’s College has moved swiftly in the evolution of football from being a recreation sport that squeezed into unofficial niches, to a fully-fledged school sport, taken as seriously as any of the traditional sports codes.
While St Andrew’s College is still on the journey of growing football at the school, it is wonderful to see enthusiastic boys practising regularly. All boys choosing to play football have played numerous matches and get to represent the school they love in the sport they love.
The U15 Festival aims to provide top school teams with opposition they do not usually face, raise the profile of football in Eastern Cape schools and provide the opportunities for non-school based teams, usually associated with development NGOs, to participate.
During the festival, each team will play nine matches, wherever possible avoiding opponents they may face in their regular season.
Matches will be played on three adjacent full-sized football pitches, starting in the afternoon on Thursday 8 August and finishing at noon on Sunday.
As it is a festival there will be no rankings or play-off games.
Visiting teams have been requested to bring out-grown boots for distribution to development teams.
St Andrew’s Football Club is grateful for the support of Adidas, who have provided bibs and some match balls, and Canon, who have provided shirts for the external referees.
Participating schools are: Mondale High School, Rocklands High School, Diocesan College Bishops and Rondebosch Boys’ High School from Cape Town, Ntsika High School, Nombulelo High School, St Dominic’s Priory and two teams from St Andrew’s College.
Club and development organisation teams: Sophia Young Stars Football Club, Tramway Football Club; Sports Academy, George, St Andrew’s Academy (sponsored in part by Brian Bands) and Eluxolweni Child and Youth Care Centre.
The full programme will be available later today