Ajax Cape Town and the My Life Street Kids project have joined hands to provide street children with an avenue to display their sporting prowess through soccer training sessions that will be held at Ikamva on a regular basis.
The My Life Street Kids project was set up to develop street children to become valuable members of society through a mentorship programme that will provide the youths with life skills, bridging education, support and care. This project will also assist these kids to nurture their talents.
Ajax Cape Town have joined forces with this project, by providing its soccer team with the training and technical knowledge of the game.
Cavin Johnson, the Head of Youth Development at Ajax Cape Town, will coach the My Life soccer team and their coaches at Ikamva every second Monday. Once the team is ready they will be entered into a league and Ikamva will become their home venue.
At their first training session the exuberance of youth was evident as the players could not wait to don their kit and run out onto the field. The dressing room was abuzz with their chatter as they hurriedly changed into their training kit and before some had tied their laces they ran to the field still pulling up their socks and tucking in their shirts.
Once they settled, Ian Towers, the Ajax Chief Scout spoke to the players about the requirements of becoming a good player and then he put them through a warm up exercise before Cavin Johnson, The Head of Youth Development at Ajax began their first training session.
By the end of the day, the smiles all round the dressing room was proof that the players enjoyed every minute of their time at Ikamva and the general consensus was that two weeks could not come any sooner for them to return to Ikamva