Players get a boost

2015-12-16 06:00
PLAYERS model the new SAB League kit during the handover in Kuruman on Thursday (10/12)  Photo: Supplied

PLAYERS model the new SAB League kit during the handover in Kuruman on Thursday (10/12) Photo: Supplied

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THE participants of the Northern Cape South African Breweries (SAB) League have also benefitted from the SAB’s and the South African Football Association’s (Safa) study assistance programme, aimed to provide players with a solid academic foundation in addition to their sporting careers.

An event held in Kuruman on Thursday (10/12) marked the conclusion of the SAB League and the Safa kit-handover campaign, which was conducted over the past two months in different provinces.

The study assistance programme is expected to start again in the new season and will be open to eligible SAB League players between the ages of 18 and 21. It allows players to expand their career options outside of football if they wish to do so in future.

According to the SAB, the league will in addition launch a skills camp for players, match officials, coaches and club officials to help develop and maintain skill capabilities on top of the new study assistance programme.

“The SAB League and Safa coordinators will also receive computer skills training and resources to afford them the ability to fine-tune the smooth operations of the SAB League,” a statement read.

Corrie Coetzee, the Safa national executive committee member for the Northern Cape, thanked the SAB for its continued support of Safa’s vision of soccer development. “We are grateful to the SAB for their consistency in their approach to football development,” Coetzee said.

“Their sponsorship has assisted us in producing quality footballers in our province and with the new season’s approach we will produce even better players, coaches and administrators who will represent the Northern Cape.”

Octavius Phukubye, SAB’s economic development manager for corporate affairs, said at the 2015-’16 season launch and kit handover in Kuruman, that the league’s new focus on youth development reaffirmed the SAB’s commitment to accelerate efforts of creating sustainable access to the economy for young people.

“The new season will see a more improved and mature development framework to our sponsorship of the SAB League,” said Phukubye.

“We are thrilled about what the league has done for the past 15 years and this is why we are encouraged by the new innovations that we will be implementing in the new season.

“Through our partnership with Safa, the league will produce talented and educated footballers, coaches, match officials and club owners, which will see our football development going forward.”

SAB will kick-start the season early next year with the SAB League Skills camp, offering development activities to benefit the players, coaches, club owners, as well as the match officials.

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