20 Feb 2018 20:50pm
WINDHOEK, 20 FEB (NAMPA) - The HopSol Youth Soccer League on Tuesday launched its second season here, with an additional league to be hosted in Erongo Region.
The football league, which is managed under the umbrella of the Benjamin Klinger Kandziola (BKK) Auas Sport Trust, is aimed at creating a platform for football development among youth between the ages of nine and 19.
Speaking during the launch of the league, BKK Auas Sports Trust co-founder, Collin Benjamin, said they had a successful first season which motivated the organisers to start a second stream in the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Our aim was to broaden the current scope of organised youth football and revive the football culture at schools within the country.
We are now adding 500 more football players to our structures with the new league which will be hosted in the coast, he said.
He added that the Windhoek league, which had 1500 players, also initiated an Under-10 league aimed at the development of football at an early age.
The establishment of the HopSol Soccer Youth League allowed players to develop their talents while reigniting the passion for soccer among the youth and bringing different ethnic social and racial groups together, he added.
I am also proud to say that two teams from Rehoboth (Hobasen Blue Boys and Walddorf) in the Hardap Region also joined our league which shows how much youth football is needed around the country, the former Hamburg SV player said.
In the league's second edition, they will have 20 schools competing amongst each other in Windhoek, while the Erongo region will have seven schools competing against each other.
The youth league, which targets 10 teams per category within the age groups, will kick off on 23 February in Windhoek while the coastal league will kick off on 7 April 2018.