It was a football frenzy of note as Margate Sports School hosted the Build It Under-13 soccer tournament on Sunday.
This year marked the 12th edition of this annual tournament and the class of football being played gets better and better every year.
Sunday morning’s cold and cloudy start was greeted by the excited voices of 25 teams arriving from 6:30am to register and warm up for this huge sporting event.
The draw took place at 8:15am with the first match kicking off at 9am. At first whistle, the teams battled it out on two fields for over five hours.
It finally came down to Harding Development and The Young Chiefs to face-off in the final.
After a ceremonial walk on to the pitch and a meet and greet by officials and sponsors, the national anthem was sung with great pride at 3:15pm and then the battle was on.
Up for grabs were new tog bags and full football kit sponsored by Build It for the winning team, as well as individual trophies and the bragging rights that goes with the champions’ trophy.
When the final whistle went, it was Harding Development that won the tournament and walked away as champions for 2018 as well as all the amazing prizes sponsored by Build It.
The MVP got a brand new bike and a special tog bag and trophy, and of course, a hand shake from the event organisers.
Last year Clive Barker, who fully supports this initiative, came down on the Saturday before the tournament to do a meet and greet at the Port Edward branch of Build It to inspire young footballers, which was followed by a coaching clinic attended by more than 30 football coaches for over an hour and a half.
The former Bafana Bafana coach said then that football on the South Coast is of the highest standard and the footballers of tomorrow might come from the region, and this was evident whilst watching the quality of football played.