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United Through Sport football players off to London

Sep 27, 2019
United Through Sport football players off to London

Port Elizabeth - THE lives of 14 Port Elizabeth football players changed forever when they set foot on a plane to the UK on Monday.

For most of the boys it will be their first international trip when they board a flight to the UK to be hosted by Dulwich College in South London as part of week-and-a-half sporting and cultural exchange, made possible by United Through Sport and partners.

The boys will visit the Arsenal Football Academy and go on a tour of the Emirates Stadium in London, as well as attend a Premium League football match between Crystal Palace FC and Norwich City during their time in the UK.

But the boys will not only be sight-seeing as they are afforded the incredible opportunity to play football against top local professional academy teams and schools in the UK, said United Through Sport Director Nick Mould.

In addition to playing a friendly match against the Arsenal Academy’s U/12 and U/13 teams, the boys will also be playing against Crystal Palace Academy and their host school, Dulwich College.

“There will be school and club scouts watching the boys, keen to offer an opportunity of a scholarship to players that stand out. Aside from the football taking place, the boys will participate in an academic and cultural exchange programme designed to broaden their horizons, sensitise them to cultural similarities and differences, teach them about career opportunities and foster long lasting exchange relationships with their UK counterparts,” said Mould.

The football team travelling to the UK is made up of U/12 and U/13 boys from United Through Sport’s programmes based in the disadvantaged areas of Port Elizabeth as well as boys playing club football at Calledonian Football Club in the city.

The boys will be hosted by families from Dulwich College in South London and attend school and train with their fellow football players from the school. Dulwich College is an academically selective independent school for boys based in London, which recently celebrated its 400th anniversary.

Image: Leaving for London at the Port Elizabeth Airport today were from left in the backrow Roxy Mould (United Through Sport), Asher Jordaan, Unakho Nkotshobe, Lerato Goba, José Chandler, Orlando Mbembe, Josh Draghoender, Morgan Mould and Nick Mould (United Through Sport). In the front row from left are Zethandwa Maranti, Bongi Mapela, Damien Freeks, Junayd Rockman, Mateus Campos, Zane Afrika, Sanna Mould and Ethan Moothoo.