Team of Choice visit Whizzkids United
24 October 2011

Players of Maritzburg United FC, together with the Coaching Staff recently visited local NGO, Whizzkids United Health Academy.

Whizzkids United is an organization that uses the power of Football as a tool to deliver HIV and Aids prevention, care, treatment and support services to adolescents in South Africa.

Its Flagship programme, the WhizzKids United Health Academy is located at the edendale Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and is regarded as the by the Department of Health and international partners as a model for adolescent- friendly services in South Africa.

Maritzburg United FC, have adopted Whizzkids United as one of their Chosen Charities for the 2011/2012 Season and made their first appearance at the Organisations World Peace Day Celebrations.

Speaking to the clubs official website, WhizzKids United Coordinator, Theo Mitchell had this to say “Our office and staff members of the WhizzKids United Health Academy and the children are still buzzing from Maritzburg United's participation at the World Peace Day event.

The players and coaches were just amazing. Our kids were so surprised to see that members of Maritzburg United were right in front of their eyes. They all loved the opportunity of hearing each player speak, answer questions, join them in pictures and exchange pleasantries during the event”

“We can't stress enough how fun it was to meet, interact and work with the players and coaches. We were all so pleased to see that the players and coaches shared a genuine interest into our line of work, the background of WhizzKids United and how our Health Academy came into existence.

" After giving motivational speeches and taking questions from students (in the RAIN of all things), we were able to give the players and coaches a tour of the Health Academy where we could really show them our operations and answer their own questions about our work.” Added Mitchell.

United Midfielder and Local Boy, Chillies Madondo was thrilled to visit the Whizzkids United Health Academy. “It was great to see the energy and enthusiasm from all the Kids on the Day, Even thou it rained, this did not dampen the spirit of everyone and we are happy to have given back to the community, even in this small way” Said Madondo.

The Team of Choice have penned more visits to the Academy during the Season and the Kids of the Academy will have the opportunity to attend Maritzburg United home games at the Harry Gwala Stadium during this season.