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SA team to play local schools

Out of Africa Missions Sports Academy, based in George, South Africa, is giving 15 of its students the chance of a lifetime this month with a trip to Northern Ireland to play against seven school teams throughout the province.

OAM Sports Academy, part of Out of Africa Missions, was set up in September 2008, by Northern Irish natives Wayne and Suzi McAfee. Andrew Trimble is the Sports Academy Patron and hopes to support the boys at some of the games or events.

Since January 2008, a netball, football, and rugby training academy has been established where young people get quality coaching, not just in sport, but also in life.

The students are from underprivileged areas around George where alcohol and drug abuse are commonplace and violent crime is a big problem.

They have had a great first season playing as a team winning the local Under 17 League.

The three-week tour will include seven football matches against teams across Northern Ireland, including Belfast Royal Academy, Ashfield Boys, Dalriada School, Loretto College, Domincan School, Coleraine Academical Inst and Cookstown Youth Team.

The tour will take place from September 15–October 3. The team will be staying in Scrabo Hall in Newtownards. Visit

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