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Multiple Gold Medallist and 800m and 1500m World Champion, Caster Semenya, has joined Gauteng-based JVW Football Club, owned by Banyana Banyana Captain, Janine van Wyk.

Semenya, has set a new challenge for herself in her already-illustrious career by taking to the football field.

The renowned 28-year-old South African athlete has always had a love for football. During her youth years, Semenya played soccer at school and trained everyday, so it is no shock that she has finally set her sights on playing competitive football.

Although the South African running sensation will not be registered for the 2019 SAFA Sasol League, the league in which JVW plays, due to the transfer window being closed for the 2019 season, she will continue to train with the team in preparation for a 2020 debut. JVW FC is currently sitting second on the Gauteng Sasol Log, 2 points (with 3 games in hand) behind leaders, Croesus Ladies with ambitions to qualify for playoffs and a chance to feature in the National League.

Semenya joins a number of other high profile International Stars who are registered for JVW, the likes of Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Mamello Makhabane, and Amanda Dlamini (former Banyana Banyana Captain). It is a perfect fit for both the club and Semenya, where shared knowledge and guidance will add value in the growth of the club, as well as Semenya’s football abilities.

Janine van Wyk who recently made a move from JVW, signing with Danish club Fortuna Hjorring, is delighted that Caster has joined her club, and is excited for the near future when Semenya eventually takes the field in an official match: “I am extremely elated to have such an iconic athlete join my football club. I am absolutely honoured that out of all the other women’s clubs around the world, she has chosen JVW as the club where she would like to start showcasing her football skills. I welcomed her at her first training with the team on Tuesday, and was impressed to see that she definitely has all the fundamentals. I look forward to her working with Coach Ciara and our First Team where I am sure she will sharpen up and get ready to play in 2020. Although I won’t be here for the rest of the year, as I have  just signed with Fortuna Hjorring, I have no doubt that Caster will fit right in, and enjoy her time at the club.

When asked about her new challenge, Semenya responded: “I am grateful for this opportunity and I appreciate the love and support I already get from the team. I am looking forward to this new journey, and hopefully I can contribute as much as I can to the club.

Caster Semenya JVW Group

The JVW FC First Team has 11 matches left in the Sasol League, and is sitting in a comfortable position to finish on top. The 2019 Sasol league Playoffs will be held in Gauteng, where the two teams that reach the finals will secure a place in the 2020 Safa National League


With the Women’s World Cup debut appearance still fresh in her mind, and returning home with a Gold Medal from the most recent COSAFA Women’s Championship (although she picked up an injury against Malawi), Banyana Banyana Captain and JVW Founder Janine van Wyk has now embarked on a new journey, signing with UEFA Champions League bound, Fortuna Hjorring.

Van Wyk returned from a two-year stint with the Houston Dash at the end of 2018 and began preparations with the Senior Women’s National Team ahead of their historic appearance at the Women’s World Cup. To add to this memorable achievement, she also became the first Captain to qualify for and lead the team at this prestigious tournament, not forgetting that the defender also holds the record for the most appearances for her Country, both male or female.

Although van Wyk picked up an MCL Sprain during the COSAFA Cup, she is well on her way to recovery and flew into Denmark at the beginning of the week to finalise her contract with the team.


Fortuna Hjorring has had a good showing in past competitions, their biggest achievement in European football was reaching the 2002 – 03 UEFA Women’s Cup final where they lost 1–7 on aggregate to Umea IK. In the 2016/17 season they reached their best result since the final in 2003, when they made it to the quarter-finals which they lost on aggregate to Manchester City.

The Hjorring based team is heading into the Round of 32, and have been drawn against Vllaznia on the 11/12 and 25/26 September 2019 in home and away matches respectively.

Van Wyk’s commitment to Hjorring is a common concern between Fortuna and the Dana Cup Academy. Besides being an active National team player, she runs a soccer academy in Bedfordview. A JVW select team participated in the 2019 Dana Cup and in that connection a relationship was formed between Fortuna, Dana Cup and Janine van Wyk. The primary reason for the South African stalwart’s arrival to Hjorring is to be a player, however, the idea is to establish a collaboration with her academy and the Dana Cup. Besides playing on the field, Janine van Wyk and the Dana Cup Academy have built a relationship and look forward to work together in the near future and create benefits for both parties.

Van Wyk returned back to South Africa yesterday and will continue with her rehab before heading back to Denmark to start her new journey with the team.

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JOHANNESBURG, MONDAY, 18 JUNE 2018 – JVW FC founder Janine Van Wyk, who is the most capped player of any gender for South Africa, today announced her plans of launching a complete academic and football curriculum for a select group of 20 elite girls at the newly formed specialist sport and cultural school, ESCA Wanderers.

The programme for the prospective young footballers will start in October 2018 with girls being offered a range of curriculum options from Cambridge, CAPS to the American GED School Leaver’s Certificate.

The Elite Development Squad is a goal of holistically developing young players for the future for the ambitious JVW FC.  They aim to create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive  it to fruition through a structured educational programme.

The programme will be a collaboration between the selection of successful candidates both from a football skills set and academic background.

ESCA School Wanderers (the Elite Sporting & Cultural Academy) is headed by Margie La Grange, who will manage the academic needs of the girls. The visionary Margie who has been involved in the education industry for over 26 years, aims to revolutionise education in South Africa. Her learners are inspired to be accountable, resourceful and she endorses the latest and best teaching and learning techniques.

The now iconic Janine Van Wyk, who founded JVW FC in 2012, will head up the soccer programme. Janine has grown her brand which includes the JVW Football club, the main one based in Bedfordview and a secondary platform at Randburg FC where JVW Heads up the Coaching section. JVW are now involved in their 8th year of a highly successful 169-team Girls school league in Gauteng, and aims to give young girls the opportunity to play football in a structured and competitive environment, where girls have an opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations in the women’s game.

“I am extremely excited to share all my knowledge and experiences to help young athletes prepare for their life journey to become a pro athlete – both mentally and physically,” said Janine, who is currently playing for Houston Dash in the USA.

“Education is absolutely key to preparing players in the new era of professional football and my aim is that this group of 20 players will all go onto furthering their careers in the professional game – both in South Africa and overseas. I will seek to instil a love for the game in an environment where each player is encouraged and motivated on a daily basis to participate and give their best according to their ability,” said Janine who has an unbelievable 149 caps for Banyana Banyana.

Margie La Grange, Director and Principal of ESCA, said:

“I am extremely excited to partner with JVW in this Elite Girls Football Programme and can assure our top class facilities with the inclusion of sports psychology, nutrition, fitness and biokinetics. We will fully support and facilitate each individual learner’s specific programme to achieve her personal best.”


Interested candidates are invited to send in their applications to the below contacts. An open day will be held on Sunday 7 October 2018 or alternatively candidates are able to book individual site visits.

For more information, please contact:

Lauren Duncan (JVW FC) on +27 (82) 763-5942 or lauren@jvw5.co.za


Margie La Grange (ESCA School Wanderers) on +27 (10) 035-3600 or margie@esca.org.za


Issue by Papadi Marketing: Grant Nicholls on + 27 (011) 022-5920 or grant@papadi.co.za

A night with the School Stars.

The 2017 JVW Schools League Awards was held on the 10th of November at the Kempton Park Civic center. The night couldn’t have been completed without the presence of the Founder and Projector Manager of the JVW Girls Schools League Program; Janine van Wyk and Lauren Duncan.

Other guests of honour who were present on the special evening include, Banyana and JVW FC Midfielder Nompumelelo Nyandeni, Banyana and JVW FC Goalkeeper Yolula Tsawe, Basetsana and JVW midfielder Gabriela Salgado, Former JVW Stars and TUT Ladies Soccer Team Midfielder, Mmabatho Dire as well as JVW FC’s Headline Sponsor, Carfind.co.za representatives; Tara Turkington and Kevin van Deventer.

We would like to give special thanks to Lizah Rubisane and Ekurhuleni Sports and Recreation for continuing their support for the Programme and of course for their contribution towards the wonderful evening.

The JVW Schools League has now completed its 6th successful year, since its formation in 2012, with 147 teams currently participating and over 3000 girls actively playing competitive football at School. The League was formed to raise the standard of Girls football at School Level, with intentions of bridging the gap between club and school standards. Through the Schools League, Players have been identified for National Teams, as well as Sasol League and LFA Club Teams. Coaches and Referees also have opportunities to attend Coaching and Referee Courses to further their knowledge in the game.

The Award ceremony which is held a couple of weeks after the Playoffs, aims to spotlight top performers throughout the League for their hard work and efforts over the Season. Players, Sports Coordinators, Coaches, and League Referees share in the celebration of growing the sport together, with more and more schools interested in taking part each year.

Among the 600 invited guests, were proud parents, beaming coaches, supporters and officials who all played their part in making the League a success. The Overall winners of the League, the 21 Stream Winners as well as the Individual winners were awarded on the prestigious night.



1st – Edenvale High School

2nd – Rand Girls’ School

3rd – St Stithians College



1st – Hoerskool Vorentoe

2nd – Reddam House Bedfordview

3rd – Sandringham High School



1st – Edenvale High School

2nd – Mondeor High School

3rd – Parktown Girls


Joburg Stream 1:

U15 – Parktown Girls High School for Girls

U17 – Reddam House Bedfordview

Open – Parktown Girls High School for Girls

Joburg Stream 2:

U15 – Mondeor High School

Open – Waterstone College

Joburg Stream 3:

U15 – King David Victory Park

Open – Blue Hills College

Joburg Stream 4:

U15 – Edenvale High School

U17 – Queens High School

Open – Rand Girls’ School

Joburg U17 Stream:

Hoerskool Vorentoe

Ekurhuleni Stream 1:

U15 – Wordsworth High School

Open – Benoni High School

Ekurhuleni Stream 2:

U15 – Ashton International College

Open – Ashton International College

Pretoria Stream 1:

U15 – Deutsche Schule Pretoria

Open – Pretoria High School for Girls

Pretoria Stream 2:

Open: Cullinan Combined

3-Term Stream 1:

U15 – Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls

Open – Marist Brothers Linmeyer

3-Term Stream 2:

Open – St Stithians College



Sports Coordinator – Veronique de Bruin (Pretoria High School for Girls)

Coach of the Year – Daniel Pratten (Edenvale High School)

Aspiring player – Ayanda Mnyembane (Parktown Girls High)

Goalkeeper of the year – Jade Karp (Edenvale High School)

Player of the Year – Shakeerah Jacobs (Parktown High School for Girls)

JVW XI – 2017

Jade Karp – Edenvale High

Taylor Labuschagne – Ashton College International

Tyla Bree-Joss – Benoni High School

Lebogang Ntabeni – Rand Girls School

Palesa Mkhulisi – Blue Hills College

Jessica Wade – Waterstone College

Francesca Drobovolsky – Parktown High School for Girls

Shakeerah Jacobs – Parktown High School for Girls

Kirsten Nolan – St Stithians College

Thuwayba Smith – Hoerskool Vorentoe

Caitlin Heuer  – Edenvale High School

JVW Football Club receives a 2-year Mitre ball partnership

JVW Football Club  are recipients of a 2-year Mitre ball partnership encompassing the Clubs and all youth divisions. The deal will see the SASOL Gauteng champions and national runners-up playing with the Mitre Relay ball which is a tough foam backed thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), soft but durable ball.

The popular Mitre brand, established in 1817 and celebrating its 200th this year, and the official ball of 40 FA Cup Final’s, has acquired the JVW FC’s ‘Official Ball Supplier,’ rights for the next two years. As part of the two year partnership, Mitre will provide balls and technical equipment to all the teams. The ladies franchise owned by Banyana captain Janine Van Wyk, joins the PSL trio of Bloemfontein Celtic, Platinum Stars and Maritzburg United in Mitre’s local sponsored clubs.

While Mitre is the world’s oldest football brand,  the company also has a long heritage with non-football iconic sports. Muhammad Ali wore Mitre in his 59th professional fight against Leon Spinks while Mitre was also the official ball supplier to the 1987 Rugby World Cup. In 2003 the Mitre ball was used in The Netball World Championships held in Jamaica. The England national netball team also appeared at the tournament wearing Mitre apparel. Australian cricketer legend and record breaking test wicket-taker, Shane Warne, was signed to wear Mitre footwear and protection.

Mitre is the English Football League’s Official Ball,  and the Delta Hyperseam is featuring in 1,656 matches across the Sky Bet Championship, League 1 and League 2 this season. Mitre is the official ball to be used in the EFL Cup Final between Manchester United and Southampton to be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, February 26 2017.

JVW FC & Mitre SA

Grant Stephen, Managing Director of Legacy Sports and Leisure who own the Mitre distribution rights in South Africa, said:

“We acquired the Mitre brand  in 2014 and immediately decided to re-focus on the football market where the inherent strength of the brand lies.  We were really impressed with JVW FC and their vision for the future and am delighted to have come to an agreement which will see our ball being used for all their home matches.”

Grant Nicholls, Managing Director of Papadi Sports Marketing and official agent of Mitre was delighted at the deal.

“Women’s football is growing in leaps and bounds and JVW FC are an excellent club that is constantly striving to improve. The ladies game deserves more recognition and we hope this may be a small catalyst to generate more corporates into supporting woman’s football. “

Lauren Duncan, JVW FC Spokesperson congratulated Mitre for their commitment to the growth of women’s football.

“We are extremely pleased to have partnered with Mitre, and commend the brand for getting involved and backing women’s football. This sponsorship has been an absolute blessing, and we deeply appreciate Mitre’s confidence in our club.”



For more information, please contact:

Grant Nicholls (Papadi Marketing c/o Mitre South Africa) on + 27 (011) 022-5920 or  sales@papadi.co.za

For further information, please visit  www.facebook.com/MitreSouthAfrica/

Van Wyk to leave South Africa to pursue her football career in the United States

As Janine leaves South Africa to pursue her football career in the United States, we look back at her successful career to date, and the mark she leaves behind in her quest to conquer her dreams.

Van Wyk started playing football at a very young age, and joined a boys club in Germiston. Coming from a football loving family, Van Wyk grew up on the soccer field together with her Uncle and cousins. When not at club training, Janine would be in the back yard practicing her skills and enjoying countless hours of football fun with her cousins. From then on, Van Wyk’s passion and love for the sport grew stronger each and every time she stepped onto the field, and gradually made her way to her first women’s team based in Kwa Thema, a township south-west of Springs on the East Rand.
Being involved in the sport and playing for almost 25 years, Van Wyk has become an impeccable ambassador of the Women’s Game and always put her Country first, after her debut call up to the National Team in 2005. Van Wyk always gives her best for her team, and has been an avid soldier for Banyana Banyana for the past 12 years.

Looking back at her successful career to date, we share with you some of her highlights:

  • Highest Capped Player in South Africa, and Highest Capped Female Player in CAF.
    Recording a total of 143 appearances (and still counting) for her Country, van Wyk has been a fighter for women’s football and is a true Ambassador of the Women’s game both on and off the field. Janine’s first appearance for the Senior Women’s National Team was in 2005 and against Nigeria, and played her 100th Match for Banyana Banyana on the 10 August 2014 against Namibia. Van Wyk is currently the highest capped player in South Africa (Male or Female) and Highest capped female player in Africa.

Janine van Wyk 100 caps

  • Scored the winning goal in SA’s first ever Victory over Nigeria
    Another High in Van Wyk’s career was her jaw dropping goal against African Giants, Nigeria Super Falcons in the 2012 AWC, which secured their place in the Final against hosts Equatorial Guinea. Van Wyk managed to add her name to the history books as the lone Goal scorer in Banyana Banyana’s first every victory over the West African Team.

Janine Celebration

  • Two Time Olympian
    Van Wyk together with the Senior Womens National Team qualified for two consecutive Olympic Games, London 2012 and Rio 2016 and featured in all 6 matches. Janine captained her team at the 2016 Rio Olympic’s and although they did not progress out the Group stages, the team have salvaged the experience they gained from the major tournaments. Following a tremendous performance in the Rio Olympics as well as the International Friendlies ahead of the Games, Van Wyk was scouted by a NWSL Team for the 2017 Season.

Janine Rio

  • Formed a Development Program for Girls
    Whilst focusing on her own illustrious career, Van Wyk decided it was time to give back and give other young aspiring girls opportunity to play football at higher levels. Van Wyk started a Girls School League in 2012 as well as a Club structure the following year, and continues to inspire more girls to live their dreams.
    The Schools League is run in Gauteng and hosts more than 2300 players, who now have the opportunity to play football in a competitive and structured environment where they can also showcase their skills for a possible club move.
    The Football Club has also grown in leaps and bounds with the First Team overcoming the group of death to go on and win the Gauteng Leg of the Sasol League for the first time, and finishing as Runners Up in their debut appearance at the 2016 National Championships. The Football Club also caters for Girls from as young as 9 years old, affording them the opportunity to play football at a higher level.

JVW FC First Team

And a few more:

  •  SAFA Womens Player of the Year 2010
  • COSAFA Cup Player of the Tournament 2011
  • Ekurhuleni Sportswoman of the Year 2011
  • Sasol League National Champions with Club, Palace Super Falcons 2011
  • Appointed Captain of Banyana Banyana in 2013
  • Gauteng Sports Personality of the Year 2015
  • SA Sports Excellence Award
  • CAF B Qualified Coach
  • GSPORT4GIRLS Special Recognition Award
  • Named in Womens AFCON Best XI 2016
  • CAF Sportswoman of the Year 2016 Nominee
  • Won the 2016 Gauteng Sasol League with former club, JVW FC


Whats Next for Van Wyk?

JVW now leaves our shores to pursue the next item on her football bucket list. Being scouted and signed by one of the Top womens football teams in the U.S, Houston Dash, van Wyk will travel to Texas in March and will join her team for Preseason.
Van Wyk is far from finished. Even though most of her boxes have been checked, there is still a missing piece in her puzzle – Participating in a World Cup. With all eyes on France WWC 2019, van Wyk will continue to work hard to make sure that she is a possible candidate for the Women’s World Cup Qualifications.


Janine van Wyk inspires us to achieve what would normally seem impossible, and leaves the following message for all aspiring athletes: “Never give up on your dreams, even if it may seem impossible! Believe in yourself and your abilities! With hard work and determination, there will come a time where you will experience success!”

Van Wyk signs a deal with Houston Dash

Van Wyk has signed a deal with Houston Dash, pending approval of her visa and an international transfer certificate, following her displays with the South African National team.

After an outstanding year, both with Banyana Banyana and her club JVW FC, the Skipper’s tremendous efforts and die-hard attitude have sealed her a deal in the NWSL, the Women’s Professional Soccer League in the USA, with Houston Dash. Recently returning from the AWCON in Cameroon, where the Senior National Team finished in fourth position, and the Sasol League National Champs with her club team which saw them finish in second place behind Bloemfontein Celtic after their 1 – 0 loss, Van Wyk can look back at a fantastic 2016 and be proud of her achievements. To add to her successes, Van Wyk has also been nominated as one of the five finalists for the 2016 CAF African Women’s Player of the Year award.

Janine van Wk

Van Wyk, 29, is the first South African player to sign with the Dash. She has made 142 appearances with the South African Women’s National team, Banyana Banyana, since her debut in 2005. Since her national team debut, Van Wyk has played in two Olympic tournaments in 2012 and 2016, and helped her team finish second in both the 2008 and 2012 Africa Women Cup of Nations. Van Wyk also assisted her team with a goal against Nigeria, which went down in the History books as Banyana Banyana’s first ever victory over the Super Falcons.

“I’m very excited that Janine will join the Dash in 2017. She was recently named as one of the four finalists for the African Footballer of the Year Award – that is the quality she brings to the team,” head coach Randy Waldrum said in the team’s press release.

“Janine also brings a wealth of international experience to the club. I felt we had to address our central defending positions this offseason and add more experience and leadership, Janine certainly fills that need,” Waldrum said

Van Wyk will leave South African soil in the new year to pursue her career in the United States.