TOP development soccer coach Floyd Mogale has pleaded with the government to continue with My 2010 School Adventure beyond the World Cup as a legacy project.
My 2010 School Adventure is a campaign used by the government to create awareness of the 2010 Fifa World Cup at schools in all nine provinces.
The Departments of Arts and Culture, Basic Education as well as Sport and Recreation formed a partnership with the 2010 World Cup Local Organising Committee on this project.
Dudu Mazibuko's arts department used the event to teach school children about national symbols, including the flag, how to sing the national anthem and on being proudly South African.
Mogale is coach at the victorious Seephemelo High School, which won the soccer tournament that was part of the campaign last weekend.
Also present during the final was Fifa general secretary Jerome Valcke, pictured, who was impressed that the tournament was also used to teach children about the national symbols.
Valcke was accompanied by LOC chief executive Danny Jordaan.
"We need to put up solid development structures and the first thing we need to do is to channel more resources into school soccer," Mogale said.
"We won't be able to produce quality players for Bafana Bafana, the Under-23 national side, Amajita and Majimbos if development if neglected.
"We would like to ask the three government departments that were involved in the tournament to continue with it as a legacy project for the World Cup.
"You will recall that the likes of Kaizer Motaung, Jomo Sono, Brian Baloyi, Thabo Mooki, Andries Sebola, Benjamin Reed and many others were discovered during the school games.
"We have to start now with the preparations for the 2014 and 2018 World Cup finals," said Mogale, who also works with Mamelodi Sundowns' development team.