Yohan Cabaye of Crystal Palace signs autographs and poses for a picture with a young fan during the 2015 Cape Town Cup training session for Crystal Palace at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 23 July 2015 ©Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix
Friday Jul 24, 2015. 13:45
Hosted by the City of Cape Town at Athlone Stadium the community engagement clinic was a huge success as 300 children spent yesterday afternoon in the presence of English Premiership Team, Crystal Palace Football Club.
Children from all over Cape Town gathered to see top professional players and coaches at work during their training session ahead of the inaugural Cape Town Cup which starts tonight at Cape Town Stadium.
After receiving t-shirts and lunch, the children were given an opportunity for autographs or to train on the field with some of the players. In addition, 70 coaches were coached by the Crystal Palace management crew, ensuring the sound transfer of skills and experience.
The organisations involved in the day’s proceedings are all partners of the Department of Sport, Recreation and Amenities as they conduct various activities in the communities using football as a tool.
The organisations include Making an Impact Through Sport (MITS); Oasis; Sport Stepping Stones (SSS); Grassroot Soccer and the Hout Bay United Football Community.