Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Equity Bank Sponsors Pepeta Soccer Academy

By Fred Maingi in Nairobi
Equity Bank has financed the setting up of the Pepeta Soccer Academy
which was launched at the Kenya Forest Service in Nairobi with  a
football tournament at the weekend.
The academy’s training sessions will be taking place every weekend at
KFS grounds offering the young players an opportunity to develop their
soccer talent, to enable them to join major soccer clubs in the
country and even get a chance to compete with the best in Africa.
 “The academy will provide  young players with the best-in-field
training facilities and competition hence developing world class
players,” said Zacks Waweru, Director, Pepeta Soccer Academy.

“I would like to thank Equity Bank for coming on board to support this
fast growing sports in Kenya, which will see many talented players go
on to play professionally, “ he added.
As part of Equity Bank and Equity Group Foundation’s  commitment to
empower the youth the bank offered financial literacy training
sessions throughout the tournament highlighting on the importance of
developing a savings culture at a young age, whilst training them on
knowledge, skills and positive attitudes on financial management which
in the long run would help transform their lives.
The youth also received an opportunity to open the Junior Member and
Teen Member accounts.
“Equity Bank is proud to sponsor this noble initiative as the Pepeta.
The Soccer Academy’s objectives are aligned to the bank’s commitment
to empower the youth through talent leadership, mentoring and social
transformational programs run by the financial institution and the
Equity Group Foundation (EGF), which seeks to develop the next
generation of transformational leaders,” said Stephen Mwaniki General
Manager, Market Research and Product Development at Equity Bank.
To mark the launch 42 youth soccer academy teams participated in the
inaugural Pepeta Soccer  tournament.
The tournament sponsored by Equity Bank comprised over 500
participants drawn from Nairobi aged between 5-14 years. The
tournament which consisted of four categories namely; Under 8, 10, 12
and 14, aims to nurture young talent into world class
soccer players.
In the under 14 category, Black Weavers pipped Pepeta League Academy
3-2 through post match penalties.
Makadara Youth Academy edged out Kenyatta Youth Soccer Academy 1-0 to
clinch the title in the under 10 category.
Pepeta League Academy claimed the top honours in the under eight
category by beating Peace Junior Academy 3-2 through post match
penalty shoot outs.
In the girl’s category, Sralee dominated the the under 12 and 14
categories by securing both titles.
Sralee edged Peleco Academy 2-1 and Tia Sports to win the under 14 and
12 categories respectively.

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