Cape Town City launch ambitious youth project
Cape Town City are embarking on a large-scale developmental project – involving youth team players at 100 amateur football clubs in the Mother City region.
Part of the statement released by the club reads as follows:
The DreamClub 100 project is the brain child of Cape Town City Chairman, John Comitis, with the vision of uplifting youth football in the football loving City of Cape Town on a large scale – creating a platform and expertise for players to go from the streets of township football to every player’s ultimate goal of gracing the European stage.
The journey of this vision under the banner of Premier Soccer League outfit, Cape Town City FC, comes with the full cooperation and support of SAFA Cape Town, who’ve been instrumental in getting the programme out to as many local football clubs as possible.
The key feature is the Elite 16-team DreamClub tournament, from which 20 players will be selected to the Cape Town City FC Elite Academy. This tournament will be run exclusively for the 100 selected ‘Satellite Clubs’.
“The dream for all young players with raw talent in Cape Town has become a reality, with this opportunity to develop into world class players. This project is key due to its inclusive nature to allow as many young players to have a realistic platform to be identified and drafted into a PSL structure in our Mother City,” commented John Comitis.
“For us as SAFA Cape Town, it has been overwhelming to see a professional club embrace community football the way Cape Town City FC has done through this DreamClub Programme. We did not hesitate to endorse the programme and the tournament when we realised the ongoing benefits that the affiliated clubs and SAFA Cape Town as a collective, would enjoy. We wish all the teams the best of luck and particularly the players who will end up selected for the Cape Town City FC Elite Academy,” stated Norman Arendse, SAFA Cape Town.