The Junior Soccer sub-club started 8 years ago for children only. It currently has over 200 members who are coached and compete in leagues. The section attracts members from the suburbs around Wanderers and they host an excellent demographic which is completely representative of all races, nations, religions and to a smaller extent genders. They run a social responsibility program on which a large portion of their revenue is spent, first by scouting players and then coaching them, transporting them and often feeding them. There are at least ten children from the age of six who are completely sponsored.
The twenty previously disadvantaged coaches are employed full time and have been thoroughly screened and provided with extensive training. They are committed professionals remunerated for the training they provide to the junior members. The Wanderers is at the forefront of the junior soccer leagues for the past few years. We enter the SAFA Little and Junior Leagues and assist in administering teams in these leagues when necessary. In terms of the membership profile, because it is such a young club, it has taken time for some of the players to come through but two players were scouted by Orlando Pirates last year.
The Junior Soccer section uses the grass oval as all league matches are required to be played on grass and according to specific field sizes and goals determined by SAFA. The soccer matches are played from April to October. The section’s growth prospects are unlimited as Soccer is undoubtedly South Africa’s biggest participation and spectator sport.
The chairperson is Moira Valkin and can be contacted on 083 268 1636 or [email protected]