Friday the 24th of February 2018 saw Forwardzone partner with LaLiga, as one of the donors, on the #Passtheball event held at 3 square sports grounds in Alexandra Johannesburg. #Passtheball is a charitable initiative aimed at uplifting disadvantaged African youth through football development.
#PassTheBall will see roughly 200 coaches undergo a two-and-half-day training clinic, and 2000 children receiving specially designed footballs.
From Alexandra, the initiative will then move to Stellenbosch in the Western Cape on 2 March 2018 with the hope that this ongoing project will spread to nurture rising football talent in other countries on the continent.
During the event on Friday 1000 school pupils from 12 Alexandra schools attended a ball give away, each receiving a soccer ball and goodie bag
LaLiga and the South African Football Association (SAFA) with Forwardzone and other donors embarked on the first of the events in Alexandra, SAFA president Dr Danny Jordaan stated “We are grateful and delighted at our partnership with LaLiga. This is another important initiative by our valued partners (LaLiga) aimed at soccer development in the country. The #Passtheball programme presents a unique opportunity through the exchange of expertise and skills between our local and international coaches from Spain. It’s also great to see the donation of soccer equipment which can only aid the overall development of both our budding coaches and the future stars of tomorrow. LaLiga has been a true friend indeed,”
Antonio Barradas LaLiga South Africa Country Manager and founder of the campaign noted “Growing up, I didn’t have the luxury of a ball, Yet, I was lucky. One day a man randomly gave me a ball, and that left such a mark on my life. Right then and there, I vowed that I would do the same for children around the world. That was the birth of the #Passtheball dream.”
The Country manager was joined by official campaign ambassador and former Barcelona player, Patrick Kluivert.
“It’s a great honor to be part of such an amazing, unique and meaningful campaign. For someone who recognizes the importance of soccer development from a young age, it goes without saying that programmes like #Passtheball hold a special place in my heart. It’s through the nurturing of talent from a young age that I was also fortunate to launch my career and be able to play in some great teams with, at the time, equally great young talent, talent that was also discovered and nurtured from an early stage,”
The ball donation is followed by a two-and-half-day training clinic which is held by 2 LaLiga coaches from Spain who will host both a theory and practical based workshop for 100 coaches in Alexandra and 100 coaches in Stellenbosch from the 3rd of March.
Forwardzone is proud to be a donor sponsor of the #Passtheball charitable initiative