Aspirant girls football players in Ekurhuleni will have the chance to catch the eye of Banyana defender, Janine van Wyk, and South Africa’s women’s football icon, Fran Hilton-Smith. Photo: Supplied

In a significant move for the development of junior girls soccer in association with Supersoccer (5-a-side football), stalwart Banyana Banyana defender Janine van Wyk has launched the inaugural season of the JVW Girls School Soccer league.

The League consists of 17 teams drawn from Ekurhuleni split between Open and U15 Age Groups, and action kicks off on Thursday 19 July for a duration of 11 weeks, culminating in the League Playoff final on the 15th September, when all players will be rewarded for their participation in the league.

The inaugural season of the JVW Girls School Soccer League has been launched in a significant move for the development of women’s football in South Africa.On the conclusion of the inaugural league season, the best players seen in action during the tournament will be chosen for a team, giving these talented players opportunity to take their football to a higher level.

In a boost for aspirant young girl football players, JVW Girls School Soccer league player scouts will attend games on a regular basis to identify emerging talent, and with the support of women’s football icon, Fran Hilton-Smith, deserving players may mark this initiative as the beginnings of a long and successful career in sport.

As this is the first year of the JVW Girls School Soccer League, focus is strictly on the schools in the Ekurhuleni Region, but Van Wyk said that the league is looking to expand in time.

“Promoting the game in schools gives me great pleasure,” said the dynamic national sporting personality. “I live for football, and will do anything in my power to promote and develop the game wherever possible.”

Van Wyk shows great passion in her involvement in the beautiful game, and said she enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with younger players, and hopes to develop these players into a player of her stature.

Signed by reigning Sasol league champions Palace Super Falcons alongside fellow Banyana Banyana players Nothando Vilakazi and Portia Modise, Van Wyk will be relieved to be able to add to her 76 international caps (and her eight goals) on her return to national duty, in time for London 2012 Olympic Duty.

Boasting 76 caps and eight goals in national colours, Banyana Banyana defender Janine van Wyk is looking to resume action for her country after recovering from a groin injury in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photo: SuppliedVan Wyk was earlier sidelined by a niggling groin strain that prevented her participation in her team’s efforts at the Sasol League National championships in Durban.

“Recovery time was running out and I made it in the week before this camp so I am delighted to be back in the Banyana Banyana team training here in Germany,” said Van Wyk.

“I have been in this Banyana Banyana team since 2005, and missing out on my Olympic dream would have been a disaster for me. I am just so pleased to be back.”

The South Africans face German Women’s Premier League side Bayer 04 Leverkusen in a practice match at 19h30 this evening, and will face Great Britain in an international friendly encounter in Birmingham, England on Sunday, 15 July 2012 at 14h00 SA time.