Pupils to attend Sharks-AmaZulu Academy

2016-03-16 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIED Bursary recipients (from left) Anele Zimu, Siyanda Cele, Damian Sampson and Sabelo Sithole.

PHOTO: SUPPLIED Bursary recipients (from left) Anele Zimu, Siyanda Cele, Damian Sampson and Sabelo Sithole.

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SIYANDA Cele, Damian Sampson, Sabelo Sithole and Anele Zimu will have the opportunity to follow their soccer dreams after being awarded bursaries to attend the Sharks - AmaZulu Academy in Durban.

The bursaries cover their academic studies, training kit, meals at the academy as well as a gym conditioning program and any physiotherapy they may need in case of injury.

Dan Haswell, the football manager at the academy, explains how the boys were identified and recruited,

“First of all, we have a network of many local school and club coaches. These coaches recommend players that we look at. Then we watch the boys a number of times, so these boys were watched in a number of matches, including the Kloof Tournament and the PMB High Schools FA Cup - there we get to see them perform in pressurised situations.

Then, it’s important that they have a solid recommendation by the coach who has coached them because a bursary is like a contract in many ways, so they need to be responsible and understand those implications as well. Last year, two academy boys, Neil Boshoff and Zola Xinji were promoted to the AmaZulu senior team and another academy player, Andiswa Ndawonde, who attended Linpark High School, has also signed for Black Leopards and hopefully we can follow up on that this year.

The boys’ days will be full with their classes, training and gym program - all in the shadows of the Moses Mabhida Stadium that they hope to play in one day. They also have life-skills and mentoring sessions. All these things are very important in terms of producing a well-rounded player. The physiotherapy and injury rehab is very crucial too. Sometimes young players pick up injuries and these are not treated properly, which can lead to more serious problems later on in their career.

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The boys’ days will be full with their classes, training and gym program - all in the shadows of the Moses
Mabhida Stadium that they hope to play in one day. They also have life-skills and mentoring sessions. All these things are very important in terms of producing a well-rounded player

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