Standard Bank Group taps into AFCON fever to promote youth football development
5 February 2015

Standard Bank Group, the official banking sponsor of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Equatorial Guinea 2015 - is proud to support the football aspirations of the Youth Crime Fighters organisation in Roodepoort, South Africa.

As a committed supporter of the beautiful game, Standard Bank Group hopes to promote community driven football development through a CSI engagement with the Youth Crime Fighters, and encourage youth to pursue their footballing dreams during Africa's most prestigious tournament.

At an official handover held on 5 February 2015, at the Harry Gwala Lower Primary School in Tshepisong, Standard Bank Group provided the organisation with footballing resources including a five-a-side inflatable soccer pitch, soccer balls, cones, mini spot kick goal posts and tournament player escort kits for the soccer students. Standard Bank Group had previously sponsored the official player escorts at the South African edition of AFCON in 2013.

"This contribution from Standard Bank will go a long way in the development of the youth in our community. With the additional resources, they will be inspired to pursue their dreams of competing in various football tournaments of the future. One day maybe they will represent our country at the CAF AFCON tournament. Our football programme will greatly benefit from this support," says Arthur Nyoni, CEO of the Youth Crime Fighters Organisation.

The Youth Crime Fighters Organisation is based in a small informal settlement in Roodepoort, south of Johannesburg. Their objective is to fight crime in the community by providing positive alternatives to youth through sport, art and culture. The organisation also runs classes to help young people with their homework to improve their school results.

The organisation is made up of children from the informal settlement of Tshepisong in Roodepoort who regularly train and hold football matches. As part of the initiative, Standard Bank will spend the day with the young football enthusiasts from the Youth Crime Fighters Organisation to provide much needed football resources, nurturing local youth football talent and promoting the development of sports skills.

"Standard Bank proudly supports the beautiful game and this initiative reaffirms our commitment to developing local communities and the passion for football. We believe that by nurturing these hopes and aspirations, we can make a real difference to the development of our future sporting stars," says Hazel Chimhandamba, head of Group Sponsorships, Standard Bank.

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