Windhoek, April 20 — After the success of the 2020 Nedbank DTS Futsal Tournament, Nedbank has once again sponsored N$ 100 000 towards the DTS Futsal Development Team this year.
The sponsorship supports the DTS academy, giving fifteen footballers from a less privileged background the chance to train at the DTS sport grounds, and take part in all aspects of the football academy’s programs. The beneficiaries have been chosen according to their talent, commitment, potential and behavior. They received free registration with the DTS club, free training and coaching by DTS’s permanently employed six coaches, training equipment and catering for external games in 2021.
The 2021 Nedbank DTS Futsal Tournament took take place on 19 – 20 March 2021 at the DTS sports grounds in Olympia; where beneficiaries of the Nedbank sponsorship played at the tournament which had approximately 120 players involved over two days. “Last year was undoubtedly the most unprecedented year in Namibian sports history; as all contact sports where halted because of the Covid-19 lockdown. Having Nedbank invest in the DTS Futsal Development Team during this time truly shows the bank’s commitment to making sure that even those from underprivileged backgrounds get to enjoy their favorite sports” said, DTS Futsal Coordinator, Sebastian Durrschmidt.
The futsal games where held indoors on both days and had teams ranging from under 15 to under 7 age groups battle it out to be crowned the tournament winners. The Lion team was the overall winner in the age category of Under 7-9, team Omega was the overall winner for the Under 10 -12 age group and team Bosso the overall winner for Under 13-15 age group.
DTS Youth Football Chairperson, Dr. Bettina Janka noted that the tournament received positive feedback from the players and parents as it was the first youth football tournament held thus far. “With the current Covid-19 circumstances, it is a special event for the kids to be able to play in a tournament environment, even if it is only internal. We made sure everyone received a small prize and trophy to boost their morale and create anticipation for coming tournaments” she added.
Nedbank Communication and PR Manager, Selma Kaulinge stated that, Nedbank prides itself as being a responsible corporate citizen, “Nedbank Namibia understands the importance of investing back into our people and our communities.” she said.