Vision and Mission of SHUMBA Football Development

SHUMBA Football Development aims to offer the most comprehensive development program whereby football is used as a tool to mentor and nurture kids. This currently entails developing individuals through interaction with kids from different social backgrounds while cultivating good sportsmanship and respect for others within a group while having fun. Our aim is to:
• Develop upcoming youngsters and place them with local and international teams
• Provide financial management services to young soccer players e.g. investments and source sponsorships.
• Negotiate contracts on behalf of young soccer players to ensure they get what they deserve together with their families.
• Educate them on and off the field

SHUMBA Football Development Background

SHUMBA Football Development blends and unites over 80 young stars of all abilities and cultures from areas such as Olivenhoudt, Sandton, Diepsloot, Tembisa, Bryanston, Cosmo City, Soshanguve and Alexandra. Our primary focus is to address the critical aspect of education, whilst the overall goal is to create mirror images within their communities to improve the quality of their lives and their families. The team trains from Leeuwkop Correctional Services from Monday to Friday, plays games Saturdays and Sundays depending on the Fixure. The team is only able to run its programmes from sponsorships.

This is a team that has over 80 players which initially belonged to the U14 and U17 North Rand Football League and has now grown to have the U13, U15, U17 and U20 divisions playing in the SAFA Soweto League. The team was initially formed by Mr Mbatha and Mr Tlali in 2010 who are Prison warders at Leeuwkop Maximum Correctional Services and was initially called Leeuwkop Juniors FC until such time that the name misrepresented the boys by being mistaken as juevinilles within the prison and was therefore changed. The idea was for keeping their children and including other collegues children off the street as they would tend to be involved in unlawful activities.

In 2012 the team grew and started receiving support from Siyabulela Loyilane who is now the Brand and Sponsorship Manager for the team and Edelbert Dinha who is the Head Coach together with the parents. The home ground for the team is at Leeuwkop Medium B Soccer Field.

The team finished at position 2 in the U17 league and have thus been promoted to play in the Super League however we chose to move the teams to go and play in the SAFA Soweto Academy League for more exposure and competition. In March 2014 we played the 2014 Albion FC U17 Tournament which we won.