Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
Sunflower Women's FC continuing
to empower KZN girls
Durban – The Hammarsdale-based Sunflower Women's Football Club
continue to do great work in empowering the young girls of the
local community through football and a number of other programmes
that have stemmed from their footballing success.
The club came into existence in 1996 when a group of girls wanted
to play football, but didn't want to have to play with the boys.
The club has evolved remarkably from its early days and now, as
part of the Elite Athlete Development Programme supported by the
KZN Department of Sport and Recreation, will continue to support
"The biggest highlights of the 21 years that the club has been in
existence for was definitely our victory at the 2017
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Championships," the club's consultant
Lona Benya said.
"From there we were nominated as Team of the Year at this year's
KZN Sports Awards.
"We were the first women's team to be nominated for the award."
With four players currently preparing for the Under 17 FIFA World
Cup in Uruguay, one player with the national Under 20 side and
one other with the senior national side, there are a number of
players making the step up to international level.
The influence on the girls of Hammarsdale goes far beyond the
four lines of the football pitch with a number of initiatives in
place that increase their influence on the women of their
"We have a Santa Shoe Box programme where we give out gifts to
the needy, as well as a Girls Play Safe programme.
"In the Girls Play Safe programme we use football and karate as
part of a life skills initiative.
"There are also administration courses that we run, but we have
many, many initiatives that we champion to try and better the
lives of the girls and give them opportunities," Benya mentioned.
The Sunflower Women's Football Club started as a football club
but has ballooned into something much larger and more
significant, although the football team continues to break ground
and perform at the highest level.
Nine players represented the City of Durban in Germany for the
2016 One Nations Cup and six Players in Japan for 2018 Edition
and came back with Bronze Medals.
"A number of the girls have been able to travel around the world
through football and we have always pushed the notion that
football can take you to so many different places.
"Our executive committee and the national lottery support the
girls tremendously," she added.
The side's inclusion in the Elite Athlete Development Programme
is the next step in nurturing the talent that they have at their
"Dr Subban and the team at Prime have been very supportive and
have helped the girls understand the importance of nutrition as
well as helping them with diet advice and physical training
"We have been at Prime on Monday for a recovery session after our
match on the weekend.
"Having this sort of support is going to be crucial in the
development of the girls into better players," Benya commented.
Head coach Siyabonga Malinga has been a crucial part of the club
since its inception and he is currently in his practical phase to
become an accredited football instructor after finishing the
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The Sunflower Women's
Football Club continue to change the lives of girls in the
Hammarsdale area a number of opportunties both on and off the
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