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City-supported grassroots football tournament draws close to kick off

City Hall recently hosted the launch and official draw for the Kapstadt CUP, The Mother City’s premier grassroots football festival, to be held this coming week. The City is once again a sponsor of the tournament.

The 2022 edition of the Kapstadt CUP will pit together 120 teams in 10 age groups from under 7 to under 20.

More than 1 700 youth football players will take part in the tournament over five days from 28 September to 2 October 2022.

In addition to 23 Cape Town-based football clubs, the Kapstadt CUP will also welcome two clubs from the Western Cape, three from KZN, three from Gauteng and one from Namibia.

‘The City of Cape Town has been a supporter of the Kapstadt CUP for a number of years now and its growth year-on-year has been remarkable. For us, what is encouraging is the involvement of teams from outside Cape Town’s boundary to compete with our local clubs. This speaks volumes for the event’s growth potential and its ability to provide a platform for promising football players who aspire to play professionally.

‘The City’s support for the Kapstadt CUP is part of its commitment to investing in the development of grassroots sports and ensuring young Capetonians have the platforms to express their gifts and a stage where they can be discovered by talent scouts,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.

In addition to support for event services, the City will be providing some of its facilities including Athlone Stadium, Greenpoint Park, Greenpoint Shared Fields and Hartleyvale in Observatory.

‘The 11th edition of the Kapstadt CUP 2022 has evolved the event into an international youth football festival. Namibian side, Athletic FC becomes our first international visitors. The inclusion of an under-20 competition makes the tournament the only full international youth development competition programme in South Africa. The Kapstadt CUP will continue to be a platform to inspire youth to develop and rise to fame. Playing at Athlone Stadium is the stuff dreams are made of. The Kapstadt CUP aims to make dreams a reality, by bringing youth teams from the biggest clubs in the world to the Mother City in 2023,’ said Kapstadt CUP tournament director Zaid Omar.

Fans are encouraged to go out to support the young footballers. Entry at all venues is R20 for adults and R15 for children under the age of 15.

YoungstaCpt will perform at the Opening Ceremony to be held at Athlone Stadium on Friday 30 September 2022 at 18:00.

Source: City Of Cape Town

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