Crystal Palace Football Club have teamed up with Active Communities Network South Africa to organise and deliver community sports initiatives to young people in Cape Town as part of the Barclays Premier League Live event.
Crystal Palace FC will deliver coaching and coach development sessions led by Gary Mulcahey (Director of Sports Development, Crystal Palace FC Foundation) before hosting two boys and two girls’ community football tournaments in local communities.
The tournaments will be held on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 March 2016 in Heideveld and Hout Bay respectively. The boys’ tournament will consist of under 11’s and girls under 13’s, with the finalists of each boys' and girls' tournaments competing in the finals at the Barclays Premier League Live showcase event taking place on Sunday, 20 March 2016 at Camps Bay High School.
Following the BPL event, Active Communities Network South Africa will be implementing a two year community project in the Hout Bay area offering sports participation, personal and social development projects, accredited training and employability initiatives. This will provide a legacy for the visit of Crystal Palace FC in Cape Town and a platform for future partnership work with the club and it’s Foundation
Gary Stannett MBE, Chief Executive of Active Communities Network said:
‘This is a fantastic opportunity for young people in Cape Town to engage with Premier League standard coaches and meet club legends, while also providing a longer term platform for community development through sport in the Hout Bay area. We have worked with Crystal Palace FC Foundation previously in the UK and Ireland, and the opportunity to work with such a high quality and professional club for the benefit of young people in South Africa is going to have a massive impact for them, volunteers and the local community.’
Phil Alexander, Chief Executive of Crystal Palace FC said:
"As a club we are all delighted to be taking part in the 2016 BPL Live event in South Africa and looking forward to returning to Cape Town after the pre-season matches we were involved in during the summer of last year.
"We already do some great work in South Africa via our Foundation and the forthcoming event will give us further opportunity to work with the local communities in the country."
Participants at the BPL Live event will be able to visit Premier League Activation tents, get up close to the Premier League trophy and also have the chance to meet legends of the game from a number of Premier League clubs.