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Local school hosts successful Socc-Her showdown tournaments

The success of the Socc-Her Showdown Tournament serves as a testament to the growing momentum behind women's sports and the importance of providing opportunities for female athletes to thrive.

In a celebration of athleticism, camaraderie, and gender equality, Bryandale Primary School recently organised and hosted the highly anticipated Socc-Her Showdown Tournament.

The event, which took place on April 20, brought together school teams from across Joburg North for a day of fierce competition and community spirit.

Girls display their soccer skills during the tournament. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

The tournament aimed to promote women’s participation in sports and break down traditional gender barriers.

With the soccer fields buzzing with energy and excitement, players showcased their skills, determination, and teamwork throughout the tournament.

From the opening kick-off to the final whistle, spectators and guests were treated to thrilling matches and displays of sportsmanship. Each team brought their A-game, demonstrating their school’s growing talent and passion for women’s soccer.

Caiti Burger and Erin Cathey battle for the ball. Photo: Duduzile Khumalo

The principal of the school, Thilo Suklal, said, “The need for a tournament of this calibre is a result of the enormous growth and interest that have been displayed in recent years by girls wanting to represent their schools at soccer.”

She added although support for girls’ soccer was slowly gaining momentum, they believed that exposure to more competitive tournaments would increase spectatorship.

“Participating in soccer tournaments such as this empowers girls to not only become more confident, but it also serves to further enhance their skills to communicate effectively, make decisions, and inspire their teammates.”

Suklal added these qualities extended beyond the soccer pitch, shaping them into confident leaders in their communities and beyond.

“It was a successful day full of excitement, an exhibition of great skills, and the display of amazing camaraderie and sportsmanship among the girls.”

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