Posts Tagged ‘Golden Stars F.C’

“I am because you are” is a saying that many of us are familiar with. Yet very few live it the way Golden Stars F.C. does.

There is no doubt that the team would not be where it is, if it was not for the continuous support of their loyal fans. The way the community of the Rooigrond Informal Settlement goes all out to support the team, gives great hope that it will continue to grow in every imaginable way…

We salute every fan who has walked long distances to support the team during outside games. We salute every fan who braves the scorching sun or unbearable cold to support the team. We salute each and every fan who has in anyway supported the team since it came into existence. Without their support, Golden Stars F.C, would find it so much harder to continue this journey…

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The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running. ~Author unknown, in reference to Ecclesiastes 9:11

Golden Stars F.C., a team started not only to break the cycle of youth substance abuse and crime, but also to nurture talent has indeed kept in the race and continue to make us proud.

Despite a severe lack of resources, the fine young men continue on their journey to creating positive change in the Rooigrond Informal Settlement. Their efforts are never more evident than when they are playing on the field- their passion for the game; their love for their fans and above all, their commitment and dedication are felt by all who flock to watch them play.

And in this continuing journey, the team has even created a second division, the Golden Stars F.C under 18 team has joined this move to encourage the youth. We hope to ensure that the team continues to grow and that in time, poverty will not be a hindrance to the vast talent available in this community.

No-one should ever have their dreams taken away from them, due to circumstances out of their hands, especially as no-one chooses to be born to poverty.

With the fine young men making up the Golden Stars F.C team honoured, their journey in inspiring and creating a legacy for the youth of the Rooigrond Informal Settlement continued.

Challenges continued to be bravely faced, till light showed itself in the form of an act of kindness from Bonds Sports and Leisure, in the form of sponsorship for a new kit and ball. Through this act of kindness, our boys were once more ready to face the world and continue their journey of creating a legacy for the youth of the Rooigrond Informal Settlement Area.

The hope that a single act of kindness and generosity can bring, is very remarkable, hence the ability of kindness to change the world.

Golden Stars F.C. turned a year old on the 29th November 2010. What finer way to honour these fine young men, than to publicly acknowledge the positive impact they had made in the community, as well as their dedication and loyalty to the team, despite difficult circumstances.

An Award Ceremony and 1st Year Anniversary Celebration was hosted on the 27th November 2010. This served to encourage the team and to let them know that their great efforts were not unnoticed.

Through the kindness and generosity of On Point Graphics, ABI (Rustenburg), Mafikeng Spar, Carrot King, members of the Rooigrond community and Nadia Petersen, as well as Waseema Petersen and Samantha Smith, who once more gave up their time to celebrate with us and make the day even more special.

This event went a long way in ensuring that the team’s great efforts are recognised and the sense of achievement, that came along with it, left the team ready to continue their journey of creating a legacy for the youth of the Rooigrond Informal Settlement area.