The Legacy Trust on Thursday gave out close to R100 million in funding for various projects which included Women’s National League, Junior National Teams, the National Technical Centre among others.Ten million rand has been allocated to the National Women’s Soccer League that is expected to start later this year. The funds have been sourced from the 2010 Legacy Trust. The league is expected to kick-off in August.

The launch of the long overdue women’s league is gaining momentum. With no sponsorship for the league, it had become difficult to initiate the project. The 2010 Legacy Trust, has come to the rescue. SAFA’s Vice president, Ria Ledwaba says the league can start in August.

‘’We looked at the other events that are happening. In May we have the national elections, In June we have the World Cup. So we looked at those events and the impact that they will make in launching of the National League. We decided that the league should rather start at the time when other leagues starting around August, but we put plans in place’’

The league will go a long way in broadening the pool of players for national teams. One of the other key areas that SAFA identified to benefit from the legacy trust was the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria. A number of Banyana Banyana players, including junior national team players, went on to graduate from the program. Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis believes with the Women’s league, it will be easier for selectors to select best players.

“It’s also going to give players an opportunity to train every day at a higherlevel and it will help us in our selections because in the Sasol League we have over two thousand players which is really difficult but now we have the National League and the top players will eventually be playing in the league’’

The president of the South African Football Association, Danny Jordaan, also highlighted the successes of the 2010 Legacy Trust. He says as a federation, they are now able to do development at grassroot level for boys and girls…

“One of the things that is important is to prepare these players for their second career through an academic career that’s why investment in education through bursaries’’

Other major benefactors from the legacy trust includes junior national teams who received just over 19 million rand, while 17 million rand will be used to upgrade SAFA’s National Technical Centre in Johannesburg.

Here are the Beneficiaries:

Women’s Regional League – R3, 172 500
Junior LFA League – R5, 057 700
Beach & Futsal Nat League – R2, 651 400
High Performance Centre – R3, 376 621
Provincial Exec Committee Support – R780 000
KZN Academy – R5, 000 000
Junior National Teams – R19, 049 550
Technical Officials – R8, 272 200
SAFA Digital – R1, 080 000
Women National League – R10, 000 000
Regions – R7, 500 000
LFAs – R200 000
Football For Hope – R4, 750 000
NGO – R1, 250 000
SAIFA – R2, 000 000
Bursaries – R270 000
National Tech Centre – R17, 346 000
Administration – R8, 238 152
Sub Total Distributed – R99, 994 123

By: Prudence Makhubalo