Mission 24: Ute Force Kicks Off Soccer Project In North West Province
THLABANE – Where there’s play, there’s beautiful possibilities.
With this philosophy in mind the Chevrolet Ute Force and Dreamfields Project have kicked off the year with a soccer DreamEvent in the North West Province; one that was sure to fire up more than 120 soccer mad children in Tlhabane.
The community situated near Rustenberg played host to the first Ute Force soccer project for 2015 at Reuben Monareng Primary School. The days’ events provided the young soccer enthusiasts from eight surrounding schools with DreamBags, which include socks, shorts, shirts, soccer boots as well as nets and small goal posts.
Meanwhile, the teachers were provided with coaching clinics and they learnt how to establish soccer leagues. In addition, each participating school received an allocation of ultra-durable One World Futbols. This is a ball that has been specifically designed to withstand extremely tough environments; rocky streets, gravel roads and sandy fields. It never needs to be pumped up and will never go flat.
According to Tim Hendon, Chevrolet Brand Manager, Chevrolet brings communities together by showing what is possible through play. He added that the collaboration with Dreamfields Project further provides a sustainable approach to soccer development in the communities. “The soccer kit enables play and creates competitiveness among the learners, while the coaching and league clinics empower the teachers to establish professional inter-school competitions,” said Hendon.
The Chevrolet Ute Force is an initiative that was started more than 4 years ago consisting of a team of people who are dedicated to creating sustainable change in communities.
In partnership with Dreamfields Project, the non-government organisation that focuses on football development, the soccer initiatives have benefitted in excess of 84 primary schools across five provinces over the past three years.
Hendon said that the partnership gives each child a chance at a dream! “Through the soccer projects children from all walks of life, age and gender have an opportunity to play the beautiful game. They learn teamwork, how to plan, to react; vital lifeskills, ball skills and they develop not only their co-ordination and fitness but also their social acuity.”
Chevrolet Ute Force also partners with Ripples for Good, a non-profit organisation that focuses on energy efficient ways to revitalise communities around the country. Ripples for Good fixed leaks, replaced bulbs, painted, planted vegetables and donated a mini pavilion to the host school in Rustenburg.
South Africans are asked to show their support by interacting with the Chevrolet Ute Force team on Facebook and YouTube, or by following the action on Twitter and using the following hashtag: #UTEForce.
“It’s about creating something that will live on long after we’re gone!”