The RIC Marape Football Academy will together with its partner, The Joy Foundation, hold its second Football Festival and Prize Giving Ceremony at Adansonia Hotel in Francistown next Saturday (the 26th).
Run by Botswana Football Association Development Coach, Ricardo Marape, the project was officially launched at the same venue last May when the first football fest was also held.
The academy’s sessions take place at the old Francistown Stadium, where, every Saturday morning, Marape and his dedicated team of eight coaches, comprising six males and two ladies, teach more than sixty children football basics.
Speaking to Voice Sport on Wednesday, Marape, who holds a UEFA B coaching licence, said the purpose of the ceremony is to show the public, parents and other interested parties the kind of work the academy does with children of both genders and also reward deserving players for their efforts.
“We want as many people as possible to understand what we are doing so they may give us the necessary support. We are doing our best to contribute to the development of football so that Botswana may in the future have players who have the basics needed to succeed in the sport. To realise this dream we need support from parents, the business community and the society at large. The festival is our chance to show what we can do as we court support. I trust we will get more support after this event,” Marape said.
Briefing Voice Sport on the activities planned for the day, Marape said there would be a short demonstration, with players showcasing the skills they have learnt through a number of drills.
They will then play 10-minute, 7-a-side matches, with the teams made up of boys and girls.
On another note Marape said academy players who have excelled would also be rewarded at the ceremony.
“We will have prizes for those who have done well in each age category,” he said, adding that the age groups included an U/10, U/13 and U/15 section.
Amongst those expected to attend the ceremony are Ghetto Mayor Sylvia Muzila, BFA President Maclean Letshwiti, who will be the guest speaker, Botswana National Sports Commission Officials, Botswana National Olympic Committee big wigs as well as some members of the Francistown business community.
The festival starts at 8 o’clock in the morning and is expected to finish by 1pm.
Entrance is P30 for adults and P15 for kids.