The Hollywood Foundation Team in Mpumalanga is continuing to assist many sports development clubs, through contributions that include new soccer kits and equipment. Since sport is such an important focus for the Purple Brand, the Team is always looking to extend a helping hand to sports clubs from grassroots level. In March, Mhluzi Aces FC, a soccer club based in Mhluzi, welcomed news that the Hollywood Foundation will be assisting the club through a soccer sponsorship, and they have also extended their heartfelt gratitude to the Purple Team for making a difference amongst the players.
Mhluzi Aces FC was formed in 2021, and the club is comprised of four teams. In total, there are 107 players at the club, who eagerly await practice sessions that take place from Monday to Thursday. Junior structures have also been put into place at the club, in order to ensure that young talent are equipped with the necessary training to take their skills and abilities to the next level. The nearby community was often plagued with various social challenges that affected the youth, such as drug abuse, and it became apparent that they needed a social hub to remain fit and active. One of the club’s proudest moments was when the Under-13 and Under-15 team won the league. Mhluzi Aces FC has also produced remarkable players, and some have moved up to play in the SAB league. Given their commitment to empowering communities and supporting local sports clubs, the Hollywood Foundation chose to aid this club and help to instill core values within the players, such as teamwork, discipline and persistence. On 2 March 2023, the Team from Middelburg ventured to the club, to present them with their new share of kits. This formed part of a soccer sponsorship and included new soccer jerseys and shorts.
Siya Mvambo, the Secretary of Mhluzi Aces FC, said that previously, the club relied on donation from parents, and also used money from their own pockets, to further the club’s operations. Speaking about the support from the Hollywood Foundation, he added, “This will help us in developing more players.”