Raising hope through 24-hour AIS MFAD tournament
Posted: 4 October 2012 Time: 07:03
Footballers from professional level to school children will challenge themselves to a 24-hour endurance football tournament during Ambassadors in Sport's (AIS) Match for a Day (MFAD).
The event, featuring 25 teams, takes place from 8am on Saturday, 13 October to Sunday, October 14, at the Legends Arena in Randburg.
Any football team, no matter what age group or level of skill, is welcome to participate.
The thrill of watching the players battle it out will be complemented by additional entertainment and a steady stream of prizes will be up for grabs, so those who simply enjoy watching local football are also invited to share in the fun.
MFAD will incorporate a "last team standing" challenge with teams that get knocked out playing against the AIS All Stars.
Up to 25 teams, totaling 300 participants, can be accommodated in this year's MFAD.
The 24-hour football marathon aims to put the spotlight on Hope Academies.
AIS is a non-profit organisation that enables disadvantaged youngsters to achieve their full potential through football.
Situated in Dobsonville Soweto, Drakenstein Prison in the Western Cape and throughout Africa, the Hope Academies provide an intensive football programme delivered by coaches who have received training from Safa and Uefa.
Life skills and educational assistance are also provided with the aim of uplifting the children and giving them a chance at a better future.
The children from the Legalwise Hope Academy in Dobsonville will play an exhibition game.