SOME of the country's top schools talent will be on show when the annual Victoria Park Powerade Soccer Challenge is held at VP High from Thursday to Saturday.
A broad cross-section of the country's youth will gather for the festival, with local schools being joined by teams from further afield such as Grey College and Brebner from Bloemfontein, Selborne and Hudson Park from East London, and Rosina Sedibane, the SuperSport United Academy from Pretoria.
A new partnership between VP and Coca-Cola will enable the organisers to make this an unforgettable experience for young players.
This tournament brings together young people from all walks of life and all areas of the Nelson Mandela Bay.
Schools like Victoria Park, Alexander Road, Linkside, Priory, Lawson Brown, Woodridge, Walmer High and St Mark's will compete against Bethelsdorp, Arcadia, Nasuraddin and Westville from the northern areas, and Ncedo and Vulumzi from Motherwell.
One of the aims of the tournament is to provide a platform for young soccer players to meet one another and compete in a structured, fun environment.
VP first team coach Ralton Leander said the tournament provided an ideal educational opportunity, promoting discipline and good behaviour as well as mutual respect and sportsmanship.
Winners will receive medals and trophies, and there will be a special award, sponsored by SuperSport, for the Team of the Tournament.
That award will go to the team which displays the best sportsmanship, disciplined behaviour and fair play.
The tournament will take place at the school's Dave Weinronk Sports Complex in Union Road, Walmer.
Games start at 8.30am on Thursday and the finals will be played on Saturday.