Barcelona cup beckoning for 10 young soccer players

2017-04-18 06:00

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Young soccer players from all around Cape Town will be jetting off to Barcelona in July to play in the annual IberCup tournament.

The 10 youngsters are from the RB6 soccer school, which is based at Golden Grove Primary School in Rondebosch. They will play in the u.9 section against their peers from other parts of the world between 11 and 15 July.

Their coach Rameez Behardien’s passion for soccer is the main motivation behind the initiative at RB6.

The aim of RB6 is to develop gross motor skills and soccer skills and technique.

“It is a fact that not every child will become a professional soccer player, but we can ensure that every child is also taught the fundamental life and social skills they will be able to use throughout their lives. The soccer school is a perfect tool to get our youth active in a fun, disciplined and structured environment,” he says.

He adds that RB6 was not formed to win matches or trophies, but that it was formed to make players better.

“It’s about having fun, developing playful skills and good habits, like dribbling, passing, positions, teamwork, communication and also the mental side. In the end we don’t just want a complete soccer player, but a person who is good for others and means something in the world. The long-term plan is to incorporate education within the soccer school,” he adds.

Behardien took the next step and started the RB6 soccer school after a period of five years of private coaching.

“Since then I have coached a variety of kids aged from four years old, assisting them with improving their weaknesses and developing their strengths. The results were positive and the demand increased.

“I have a great passion for kids in general, and being able to help them improve and develop both on and off the field is a real blessing,” he says.

Lifelong skillsHe says that although there are no guarantees that every child will be a superstar, they will be taught the fundamentals which will help them become better players.

“These skills will help and guide your child to not only become a more competent sportsperson but also build self-confidence in everyday life,” he adds.

The IberCup in Barcelona is the latest edition of the prestigious youth soccer tournament series and is the first to take place in Cataluna.

The team players who will travel to Barcelona have all been developing their soccer skills for the past three years under Behardien.

“The aim and purpose of the tour is to afford the selected boys a priceless opportunity to express themselves, showcase their talents and not only represent but promote South Africa and Africa on the world stage,” says Behardien.

He says the long-term goal is to create a pathway in order for his school’s young players to dream big.

The IberCup is regarded as one of the most important youth soccer tournaments worldwide. It brings together players and teams from 50 different countries.

Over the past seven years famous clubs like Porto, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Zenit St Petersburg, Liverpool, Atletico Madrid, PSG, Olympique Lyon, Olympique Marseille, Sevilla and Chivas Guadalajara have all sent teams to the IberCup.

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