Camps polish up on skills to gain talent

2016-03-23 06:00

THE South African Breweries (SAB), in close partnership with the South African Football Association (Safa), successfully hosted the inaugural SAB League Skills Camp at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in Pietermaritzburg.

This ground-breaking grassroots football development initiative by SAB saw 80 players, 20 coaches, 20 officials and 20 club administrators from the SAB League being taken through valuable skills and capacity building training to further develop them in their respective areas.

The camp has been developed by SAB to bridge the vast gap between education and professional football, which has over the years resulted in a 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.

This was followed by a practical session on the field in the form of exhibition matches involving all players, coaches and match officials through which they were tasked to put into practice what had been learnt on the workshops.

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

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

“We believe that through these SAB League skills camps, SAB can play its part in contributing to an even better society through football.”

Balebetse Monnakgotla, Safa’s director of competitions, said: “Modern sport has proven that talent alone is never sufficient if not supported by education.”

“Today marks an incredible milestone for South African football – we are embarking on a new and more relevant approach to football development.”

All 140 participants received a certificate of recognition for their attendance at the camp.

These SAB League Skills Camps will continue to be presented across the country, with the next camp already ­scheduled to take place in the Northern Cape in April.

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