Big boost for Kick4Life Academy

Big boost for Kick4Life Academy

MASERU – The Kick4Life Academy received a welcome M50 000 financial boost from sportswear shop Total Sports last Friday.
The handover was done at Total Sports’ premises at Pioneer Mall and the money will go towards developing future football stars.
Kick4Life Academy director Hana Tiji accepted the cheque on behalf of the Vodacom Premier League club and thanked Total Sports.
Also present at the ceremony was Kobus Prinsloo, the operations manager of The Foschini Group (TGF) which owns Total Sports.

“We took the decision to support the Kick4Life Academy by donating M50 000 (because) they inspire the young generation of footballers in this community,” Prinsloo said.
“With their daily programmes the Kick4Life Academy aims to provide for vulnerable children and young people with principles, football coaching and academy development; they also support participants in obtaining scholarships to international universities,” he added.

Since its formation in 2009, Kick4Life football club has produced the likes of Lesotho youth internationals LesiaThetsane and MakoMakoanyane who are now on football scholarships at State Fair Community College in the United States.

In January, the club launched the Kick4Life Academy with the first full intake of pupils.
Eight boys from disadvantaged backgrounds aged between 12 and 14 years moved into a house close to the Kick4Life Centre where they will live for the next four to five years.
During their stay the boys will work towards completing their secondary school education and securing fully-funded football and academic scholarships at international universities.
The academy also aims to uplift young people by providing vulnerable children with intensive academic support, football coaching and character development.
Prinsloo said the Kick4Life Academy’s values are in line with those of The Foschini Group.

“The academy helps to transform the lives of participants by giving them opportunities to become responsible members of the society,” he said.
“This aligns very much with what we stand for at TFG. We believe in educating to empower and the Kick4Life Academy certainly resonates with us in terms of all they do and so it is with great honour and pleasure that we donate this money to help them in achieving these goals.”

“I want to see all these youngsters on TV playing for the (Lesotho) national team,” Prinsloo added. “They will go to the (FIFA) World Cup; I want to see you in the national team.”

Luciah Phahla

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