Heideveld Female Football at the forefront of change

Heideveld Female Football Academy hosted a season launch to present their new Sasol Women’s League kit and their Vision 2025 campaign.

When it comes to football, Athlone is well known as one of the communities which has developed some of the country’s finest talent, on and off the field.

To prolong this historic footballing culture, Heideveld Female Football Academy, launched in 2010, has been at the forefront of creating women football role models in the community.

Ahead of their Sasol Women’s League season starter against Cape Town Roses, at NY49 sports complex, on Saturday June 19, Heideveld hosted a season launch to showcase their latest warm-up kit, training kit and playing kits, at the Silvertown Community Centre.

Present at last Saturday’s launch were a number of community members, as well as Safa Western Cape president, Gerald Don, Safa Cape Town president, Bennet Bailey and ward councillor, Anthony Moses.

Heideveld’s chairman, Yushrie Solomons also outlined their Vision 2025 campaign, which is aimed at developing women footballers, officials and role models; ensuring they have proper playing fields with changing rooms, and contributing to the social development of young leaders through sport in Athlone.

“We achieved our goal, we presented our intentions and vision to the relevant stakeholders. Both Safa Cape Town and Safa WC presidents responded positively to the presentation. And both highlighted their admiration for the Academy in taking the lead to move women’s football to the next (level),” said Solomons.

Mr Moses said they were planning to create an all inclusive women’s football tournament, officiated by women, in the near future, in the area.

Mr Bailey said the vision would facilitate the process of “organic growth” within women’s football in the country.

Heideveld Female Football Academy’s chairman, Yushrie Solomons presents their Vision 2025 campaign to Safa WC, Safa Cape Town and the ward councillor.
Heideveld Female Football Academy presented their season kit during their season launch at Silvertown Community Centre, on Saturday.
Ward 44 councillor, Anthony Moses, said women are at the forefront of change in the community as he handed over sanitary packages to the team.
Heideveld Female Football Academy chairman Yushrie Solomons listens carefully as Safa Cape Town president Bennet Bailey says the presentation facilitates the process of organic growth within women’s football in the country. Picture by Lonwabo Marele.
Safa Western Cape president Gerald Don said the presentation was filled with solutions. Picture by Lonwabo Marele.
Safa WC president Gerald Don, Safa Cape Town president Bennet Bailey, Safa Western Cape secretary and Sasol Women’s League coordinator Nadia Constable, ward councillor Anthony Moses and Heideveld head coach, Gavin Combrinck.
Parents and community members listened and gave some constructive criticism during the season launch and Vision 2025 presentation by Heideveld Female Football Academy at Silvertown Community Centre on Saturday.