Royal Queens FC is a lady’s football club that aims to promote the well-being of women in Phokeng. Established in 2001 as Titans Ladies the club aims to create opportunities for women to become a better version of themselves as well as to help build a better future through sport and recreation.
The club subsquently changed its name to Royal Queens FC which came about from the fact that the team is from the Royal Nation of the Bafokeng and the belief that as women they are Queens destined for greatness and should be spoken highly of.
The female soccer team is regarded as a blessing by the founder Tshepang Khumalo, who aspired to have a sports academy that is able to channel talents and dreams of young women.
Tshepang believes that besides living a healthy lifestyle, soccer does not just take you off the streets, but teaches you about life. It instils time management, perseverance, discipline, hard work and team work qualities.
“We know that as the Bafokeng Nation, we are of Royal blood. We are kings and Queens and that is where our name and motto is derived from. We are destined for victory. A queen is a strong woman who knows her worth, works hard in accomplishing what is thought impossible, builds others, conquers all things and trusts in life’s beautiful process. There is no failure, we just keep learning.” said Tshepang.
The team has faced some challenges which have mainly been financial, from providing monthly accommodation [to players], daily transport for training, buying of food, equipment and apparel, and offering [psychological] and emotioal support to the team.
However, despite the team’s challenges, they still succeeded to achieve many of their goals. Part of this success for example includes Royal Queen’s 17-year-old goalkeeper being called to play for the South African National team - Bantwana Bantwana. The team also closed 2019 on a high note as winners of the Sasol league in North West which led to the signing of 6 players to the women’s Premier league at the beginning of 2020. To add to the 2019 victories, the team finished in 5th position at the 2019 Nationals championship. These moments and achievements have led to the team being recognised for their talent and hard work.
These tremendous achievements came after the great support from Royal Bafokeng Holdings and Royal Queens is grateful for the support received saying that it has allowed them to raise their heads up and fuelled their confidence.
“It reminds you of the important role you play in the team as an individual and a team player. RBH gave us that. It gave us joy and confidence that we could withstand anything. When we got our apparel from RBH so much changed within each player. They realised how important and victorious they are. When seeing the team logo, we knew what it meant to be called a Royal Queen lady, and that someone has got your back,” added Tshepang.