In celebration of Youth Day, Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams partnered with sportwear brand adidas to create a meaningful impact in his hometown of Gqebhera, Eastern Cape.
Ronwen, who is passionate about grassroots development hosted a coaching clinic at his former primary school, Gelvandale as part of adidas’ Impossible is Nothing’ campaign.
The national team goalkeeper invited football legends Daine Klate, who is also from Gqebhera as well as Ricardo Katza and Mark Haskins to help coach the under 11 and 13 teams from Gelvandale, Gelvan Park and Fontein primary school.
Adidas Football Sports Marketing & PR Manager Bob Maphosa says adidas wants to play a leading role in grassroots development and partnerships that aim to inspire change and create meaningful impact in communities that are important to the brand.
“With our Impossible is Nothing campaign, we hope to unite people through sports and expand the limits of human possibilities. Such events evoke great emotion for us as adidas.
It was exciting to see other exceptional players and legends who came to support this inspiring initiative. We hope to come together as a society to support, impart knowledge and inspire our children to become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Maphosa.
Ronwen Williams had this to say,
“In the spirit of celebrating national Youth Day, we decided to visit the school, facilitate a coaching clinic and ultimately inspire leaders of tomorrow. There is a lot of talent in this town, and we want to play our part to unearth that talent.
I have been fortunate in my career journey, and I just want to give back and help nature the hidden talent and hopefully have one of the future stars come from here.
“Additionally, I want to say thank you to my former teammates who came here today to help. I would also like to extend my gratitude to adidas for donating football kit and other equipment.
The impact of such a donation goes a long way in boosting confidence and hopefully, the kids will realize their talent and get an opportunity to play football at a professional level.”