Jomo Cosmos FC have announced a new partnership with Legacy Lifestyle Group as well as four secondary schools in Vosloorus.
At a breakfast briefing held at Lethulwazi Comprehensive Secondary School and attended by scholars, educators and members of the media on Thursday, Jomo Cosmos owner and Head Coach, Dr. E.M. Sono, said it became imperative to partner with the schools as a way of fostering his team’s legacy of using football to nurture the youth to be leaders of tomorrow.
“It’s a pleasure for us to be here today to announce this partnership with four schools in Vosloorus,” said Dr. Sono.
“On top of that we are looking for an ongoing relationship. We decided to do this because Vosloorus is our home ground. We have noticed a lot of kids lying around the stadium area on match days doing drugs and smoking all sorts of things.
“Not that we can change the situation but we want to be part of the change and help the schools because I believe that we all as parents should be involved in helping our kids because the future belongs to them, not us.
“The relationship we want to build with the schools is that in future, we’d like to have a Jomo Cosmos camp here, from all ages. We are still going to discuss modalities with our new partners and to see if we can organize tournaments as well as establish a Jomo Cosmos Academy here in Vosloorus Stadium. We have spoken to the Mayor about that and we have received a positive response.
“We believe that our academy is among the best three academies in the country. If you look at the Jomo Cosmos history, we have produced over 40 players who have gone to play overseas and also for the national team, and if you look at the PSL as it is now, each and every team has one or two players from Cosmos who were developed by our academy.”
Dr. Sono also outlined his team’s plans to form a female soccer team in line with the Premier Soccer League’s (PSL) directive which takes effect from next season.
Managing Director of Legacy Lifestyle, Mr. Michael Levinsohn said his company is honoured to partner with one of South Africa’s biggest soccer brands, stressing that Dr. Sono not only has a similar vision with Legacy Group, but has built a pedigree that is easily identifiable in the football fraternity.
“I am passionate about football. Jomo and I have many things in common.
“Legacy is a property development, hotel and rewards company. We have hotels around Africa. Part of our vision and strategy at Legacy is to reinvest in the communities where we do business, because we understand that the youth in those communities are our future.”
“We live in a country where nearly 30 percent of our people are unemployed, and 50 percent of those people are school children. When you leave school there are not a lot of jobs out there so what we need to do is to invest in entrepreneurs.”
“We have got to help you with the transfer of skills and give you the opportunity to come and work in an organization like Legacy where we employ thousands of people in our hotels.”
“And one of the important things in building our vision for the community going forward is sports, particularly soccer. We believe that sport is the glue that brings people together, and it creates a foundation where you develop camaraderie.
“A lot of organizations have approached us saying they like to partner with Legacy, but we have been careful about selecting our partnerships. Up until now we’ve done nothing relating to soccer and the reason we’ve done nothing is because you have to work with somebody who is as passionate and like-minded as you are.”
“What we are hoping to develop with Jomo and his team Jomo Cosmos is a long term relationship, a marriage of sorts that will last many years.
“We would love to see an academy situated here (Vosloorus); we’d also like to see the Stadium fixed up and make an investment in the community. We are willing to commit money, time, resources, people, and work with Jomo and everybody in the community to realize our common objectives, starting with the Stadium and using soccer as a foundation,” he concluded.
As part of the partnership arrangement, Legacy Group donated 100 tickets to each of the four schools namely Lethulwazi Comprehensive Secondary School, Erasmus Monareng Secondary School, Masithwalisane Secondary School, and Thuto Lesedi Secondary School, all situated in the Vosloorus precinct.
The tickets are to be used for this weekend’s National First Division (NFD) game between Jomo Cosmos and visiting Super Eagles FC.
Cosmos adopted Vosloorus Stadium as its home ground at the beginning of the current season.