Sports Academy, George

On Friday 28th September Grosvenor had the privilege of hosting touring South African School ‘Sports Academy, George’ for a friendly match, played at Hanwood Centre, Dundonald. This was the second time that Grosvenor has hosted the academy for a football match, the first encounter taking place in 2014.

Sports Academy, George works in the underprivileged communities in South Africa, using sport “as a tool to engage and disciple young people, providing them with opportunities for a better future”. The team was on a two week tour of Northern Ireland and had already played three games before arriving to take on Grosvenor. The GGS team welcomed the touring squad and, during the day, each player partnered up, allowing the Sports Academy players to get an insight into life within school in Northern Ireland.

After lunch was provided in the School Dining Centre, the teams travelled to Dundonald for what turned out to be a closely-fought contest. Grosvenor dominated possession early in the game, deservedly taking the lead through Zac Dick. Sports Academy, George responded well in the second half, however, and scored two late goals to run out as eventual 2-1 winners. After the match, in a huddle together, the Grosvenor team learned what Sports Academy, George stand for and were thanked for their hospitality by the opposition coach, ending the game by taking a knee and praying.

We would like to thank Sports Academy, George for the opportunity to host their team; it was a fantastic opportunity for our players to learn more about the world around them. We wish Sports Academy, George every success in their mission over the coming years.

                                                                                                                                Mr Winters

Grosvenor captain Kai McKnight welcomes one of the players from Sports Academy, George, during the teams' encounter at the end of September.