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The North West Education and Sport Development department launched the much awaited Villages, Township and Small Dorpies Games at a fully packed Moretele Local Municipality Hall on Friday, 16 February 2018.

The Fifth Administration, led by Premier Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo has adopted the Five Concretes that drives the implementation plan of service delivery in the Province. Amongst the Five Concretes there is a pillar for the Villages, Township and Small Dorpies (VTSD). The department of Education and Sport Development is responsible to promote and develop sport activities in all areas including VTSD areas.

The primary purpose of these games is that they will be used as an important platform to unravel the raw talent from the corners of the province. This platform will see young people from all the previously disadvantaged areas of the province compete with each other to be selected in the provincial team. For this year young people will compete in football and netball whilst next year different sporting codes will be added.

The launch was attended by different stakeholders namely, MEC SelloLehari, AndriesMonaheng (Moretele Local Municipality Mayor), Patrick Van Neel (NW Provincial Sport Confederation President), Coucillors of the municipalities, South African Football Association, South African Local Municipality Government Association, House of Traditional Affairs, NW Netball Association, and many local teams.

The VTSD games will start playing from villages, wards, municipalities, districts until at the provincial level where a team of the province will be selected. The selected team will be able to brush shoulders with the three professional teams playing at the Premier Soccer League during the Maize Cup tournament that is going to be hosted in the province in August 2018.

The North West Education and Sport Development MEC, SelloLehari emphasized that these games will bring opportunities to those committed individuals.

“To all the participating players in the VTSD games, they should use this opportunity as a springboard to a positive future.  Scouts from all walks of life will be out in the games to eye those talents displayed by the province. Fans from different districts will be singing in unity to support their local heroes as games progresses. I am appealing to our different communities to go out in numbers to support their local teams as the competition progresses. The local coach will be identified to coach the provincial team”, said MEC Lehari.

MEC Lehari highlighted that these games will provide a temporary employment to twelve former football legendswho played soccer at a professional level. The department will appoint three soccer legends per district and their responsibility will be to assist with selection of the best players.

Patrick Van Neel praised the North West government for taking sport seriously and indicated that these games will surely produce future stars.

“On behalf of the NW Provincial Sport Confederation I wish to praise and congratulate the department by coming up with this concept. These games will expose raw talent from areas which normally did not receive attention from the top teams in the country. The Confederation will make sure that they are supported by all teams”, said Van Neel.

Monde Montshiwa the National Executive Committee member of the South African Football Association welcomed the initiative of the province and indicated that they will support it.

MEC Lehari accompanied by the different team owners unveiled the trophy that teams are going to compete for.