Grassroots Soccer in Alexandra gets a Boost

Rotary Club of Morningside steps in to support young, local footballers

A unanimous roar of appreciation rose from the stands as the young footballers from Alex Black Poison FC caught a first glimpse of their new kit, just minutes before their match at Alexandra Stadium last Friday.

Alex Black Poison FC celebrate new kit
Alex Black Posion Team Manager Collen Mamabolo and Team Captain Lesego Sabela celebrate the new kit and equipment.
Alex Black Poison
Big smiles over Rotary donation, with thanks to individual donor Thandi Senoamali
donor Thandi Senoamali gets Alex Black Poison new kit
Left to Right: Rotary Club President Felix Ndlovu, donor Thandi Senoamali, Team Manager Collen Mamabolo and Team Captain Lesego Sabela celebrate the new kit and equipment.

The kit and sports equipment, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Morningside, Tenth Sports and a generous private donor, Thandi Senoamali, should set the boys up for a great season.

Rotary Morningside sponsor of Alex Black Poison FC
Rotary Morningside at Tenth Sports
Members from Rotary Morningside collect sports equipment for Alex Black Poison FC at co-sponsor Tenth Sports
Donated kit from Tenth Sports
A large donation of soccer kit collected for Alex Black Poison

Apart from 32 complete soccer uniforms, the donation included 14 balls, 2 goal post nets, 2 first aid kits, socks, 40 cones, kit bags and various other items.

 

“Rotary Morningside is proud to be getting behind our local football club, Alex Black Poison. It’s only by investing at this level that we can ensure our boys make it to the next FIFA World Cup.” says Felix Ndlovu, President of the Rotary Club.

Alex Black Poison players
Hitting the field in brand new kit, Alex Black Poison gears up for a great season.

Alex Black Poison was formed back in 2011 when, following the World Cup in South Africa, interest in and support for grassroots soccer was at its height. But over the years support has dwindled and the club has found itself scraping to cover its costs, as the young players pay no club fees.

 

2022 was a particularly tough year for the club. The soccer club’s shed was looted and all their balls and equipment lost, their home playing ground was rezoned for student accommodation, and worst of all, a tragic drowning incident took the life of their star U13 player, Kabelo.

 

Despite the setbacks, nothing has stopped the popular local soccer club from performing to expectations in all their respective leagues. The team has an enviable track record and has produced more than its fair share of big players, despite having next to no formal resources.

 

The club is run out of the pockets of its managers and the coaches, and the goodwill of volunteers and supporters in the community.

 

 

“Rotary Morningside is partnering with the FC club to help them become more financially viable through merchandising, sponsorships and the implementation of sound systems and processes.” said Club President Felix Ndlovu

 

“We thank the Rotary Club for the generous donation and are thrilled to have their support.” said Collen Mamabolo, Black Poison Club Manager, “We look forward to a positive relationship that will continue the work of both our organizations towards advancing youth development in our community.”

 

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