Help me get to America
- By: Dyan Stuart
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/help-me-get-to-america
I ask if if can help me to sponsor me the money I ask for coz I'm gna represent my country in America play in the Dallas cup.
Soccer Laduma cares!
When Soccer Laduma newspaper launched almost 20 years ago, it was our vision to produce a newspaper that gives the South African soccer fan news that far outweigh the cover price. From the very beginning, we made the reader our boss.
It’s this approach of putting our reader, our soccer community, first that has allowed us to grow into the biggest single-sale weekly publication in South Africa, and biggest sport publication on the continent. With this growth, we have been able to launch more projects to further empower our readers.
We’ve launched a dedicated Research Department, which has been able to investigate where there is a need for support and resources and this has resulted in us launching Soccer Laduma Libraries around the country. These have been received with great excitement by our communities. We source reading materials from NGOs like FUNDZA, SALF and VIA AFRIKA for readers of all ages, and aim to encourage a culture of reading and literacy in the disadvantaged areas of South Africa.
We’ve also launched a first-of-a-kind in this country - the Soccer Laduma Supporters Club - which is now 75 000 members strong. Our vision is to empower our soccer community. We aim to take their combined voice to the powers that be regarding the challenges that face South African soccer and the fans themselves, be that ticket prices, stadium safety or public transport to and from games. This platform is also there for our soccer family to voice their concerns over social issues and challenges in their own communities. It’s a powerful movement that is gaining momentum rapidly.
One of the issues that has arisen through engaging with our readers is the lack of interest shown in rural soccer in South Africa. This has resulted in us getting hands on and launching the first Soccer Laduma Soccer Tournament, something we are hugely excited about!
Through our Supporters Club, we have also identified the massive appetite our readers have to upskill themselves and find suitable employment. This has led us to launch LadumaConnect, a website specifically for South Africans to create ‘Living CVs’ that grow as they upskill themselves by means of the free courses and learning materials we have made available to them. It also alerts them to job postings, scholarships and bursary offerings.
Quite simply put, Soccer Laduma cares!