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In 2004 a youth soccer development program was initiated through the creation of Hogsback Lion Cubs Soccer School.

Practices were held at Crabbush Primary in Hogsback every Wednesday for the boys from 6 years to 15 years old. A few of the home-schooled boys joined the school team in matches against local schools from Alice and Fort Beaufort.

In 2005 Hogsback Lion Cubs entered the Danone Nations Cup u12 Tournament They went on to win the Border Championship and were halted at the Provincial play-offs by an overage Transkei team that looked and played like our u17 team.

We have a strict policy to play according to the age groups . HB Lion Cubs u12A team remained unbeaten in the 14 official u12 matches that they played in 2005 . In the next four years they lost only 4 times in over 100 matches played against Teams from around the Province.

In 2006 we started to practice at the University of Fort Hare in Alice on Wednesdays and Fridays as well as in Hogsback on a Wednesday for the school teams. Thus we expanded to have Club teams and school teams. The use of quality soccer fields improved the speed and control aspects of our game.

The Club squad included boys from Hogsback, Fort Beaufort, Alice, Auckland ,Melani, Mc Farlan, and Binfield (villages and towns in the area) whereas the

School teams were boys from Hogsback . Some of the Hogsback boys played For both the School and Club teams. Local people from Hogsback initially donated and helped to equip us with boots, shin-pads ,balls etc. Twins Supermarket in Alice is our main sponsor along with Royal Supermarket, Super 11 . They have donated kits(shirts, shorts, socks) and boots, bibs etc. Twins helps with transporting the boys to and from practice twice a week.

The boys are each given a pair of boots to wear at practice providing that they bring their own socks to wear . Donated socks are given to boys who have none.Some of these children walk around bare foot and when they put boots on and play soccer on a good field with an experienced team they thrive.

In 2008 we are back practicing with the Club teams and the School teams here in Hogsback. We have u10 and u14 School teams and u12, u14A, u14B and u16A club teams.

We play in matches and Tournaments in villages and towns locally as well as King Williams Town, East London and Port Elizabeth. Hogsback has 2 main soccer men’s teams –Hogsback United Brothers (HUBS) and Firestars F<C. HUBS practice on the Crabbush field and compete in the “Lower Amathole League ” against teams from Auckland Binfield etc. Firestars train at the top of Hogsback or on the Plaatjieskraal Safcol field and compete against teams from Happy Valley and the Cathcart farms in the ‘Upper Amathole Mountain League”

Both of the Hogsback teams are amongst the top teams in the area. This year in 2008 a new team was formed - Rangers from Safcol. The three Hogsback Men’s teams compete against the surrounding farm and village teams . They play in matches and Tournaments on Sunday afternoons. There is currently no official structured league though plans to initiatethe league are underway. With both the Youth and the Men’s soccer standard and structures firmly establishedt he future looks promising…..


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