Skills Camp comes to Frances Baard

2016-05-04 06:00
SOME of the SAB League Skills Camp Northern Cape graduates. They are from the left Tumiso Jonkers, Zandi Seekoei, Emily Loods and Themba Suipers.  Photo: Supplied

SOME of the SAB League Skills Camp Northern Cape graduates. They are from the left Tumiso Jonkers, Zandi Seekoei, Emily Loods and Themba Suipers. Photo: Supplied

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COACHES, players, match officials and club administrators of the Safa Frances Baard region were provided with valuable skills and capacity building training within their respective areas by South African Breweries (SAB) in partnership with the South African Football Association (Safa).

This was during SAB’s continued rollout programme of the SAB League Skills Camp on Saturday, 16 April, at the Kimberley Technical High School.

The programme follows the successful groundbreaking edition of the pilot initiative that was held in KwaZulu-Natal in March.

According to the SAB, the SAB League Skills Camp was developed to bridge the vast gap between education and professional football, which has over the years resulted in loss of talent both on and off the field.

A total of 140 participants were involved in the one-day workshop conducted by highly qualified Safa instructors such as Steve Coetzee.

Speaking at the Kimberley Technical High School, SAB’s socio-economic specialist, Ntombi Kholwa, congratulated all the participants who attended the workshop, saying that it was a step in the right direction for development within their journey to professional football.

“As proud sponsors of the SAB League, we are always looking at finding innovative, but most importantly, effective methods of improving our offering to the development of football.

“This marks another successful edition of the Skills Camp and we are hoping to extend this initiative countrywide. We believe that through these SAB League Skills Camps, SAB can play its part in contributing to an even better society through football,” said Kholwa.

Safa’s director of competitions, Balebetse Monnakgotla, further added to Kholwa’s sentiments by highlighting that modern sport has proven that talent alone is never sufficient if not supported by education.

“Our partnership with SAB continues to make a significant difference in the development of football and we therefore salute them for their continuous innovation in their approach to grassroots football development,” said Monnakgotla.

All participants received a certificate of recognition for their attendance at the SAB League Skills Camp.

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