Chippa United has announced a five-year partnership with Castle Bridge School in Bloemfontein, Free State on Thursday, 11 August 2016.

The launch was attended by the entire team including Executive Chairman, Siviwe Mpengesi who presented the school with sporting equipment for soccer, rugby and netball.

Founded in 1994, Castle Bridge School (CBS) is based in Bloemfontein and the school has long history with the city and the community is working hard to mould tomorrow’s leaders.

Castle Bridge is a combined school accommodating Grade R’s right through Grade 12 students.

Speaking at the event Executive Chairman, ‘Chippa’ Mpengesi highlighted the importance of education.

“I would like first and foremost to thank Castle Bridge for the welcoming we received on our arrival and also for accepting us as partners for the next five years. The partnership is going to focus on promoting sport and academic excellence.

“Through this partnership we will be able to scout players from this school and give them an opportunity to trial with Chippa United. I also think the partnership

“I also want to emphasise the importance of education to my players; school gives you options after your playing days. Education is a must for a promising and secure future and a stable life and as football Clubs we must encourage our players to go to school.

Education is a must if we want to do away with the existing differences between different social classes and genders. We are really excited as Chippa United to partner with Castle Bridge School and again this partnership is in line with this year’s theme, #SeasonOfGrowth” said Mpengesi during his address.

“This partnership between us and Chippa United is a great demonstration of our growth as a school. When we took over the school was in a brink of closing down because of high rate of failure. We were able to turn things around and last year we achieved an 84% pass rate.

We endeavour to develop and nurture the values, skills and attributes which create good and responsible citizens and we have no doubt that this partnership will help us going to the future,” said CEO of the school, Teddie Tokwe.

The event itself was a colourful occasion with majorettes, local poet including MC for the day, Communications Manager, Luthando ‘Trompies’ Zibeko kept the guests entertained.