THE 2014 Future Players Talent Search got under way with a fantastic turnout at the Rosina Sedibane School this past weekend when 650 learners from various schools in Tshwane South and the surrounding areas had the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills.
It was the start of a journey that organisers hope will see over 10 000 learners from around the province try their luck in the hope of being unearthed as a future star of the South African game.
A total of 13 coaches put the learners through their five different skills tests before deciding which had the talent to advance to the next round of the search, which will culminate at the Future Champions Gauteng International Tournament set for next March.
This weekend (Saturday, October 12), the Future Players will move on to Hammanskraal Sports Complex in Hammanskraal for learners in the Tshwane North region, the second stop on what will be a six-month journey around the province.
The Future Players initiative, run in conjunction with the Gauteng Provincial Government, is open to youngsters aged 13 to 16, both boys and girls, who are assessed by the coaches over a number of disciplines.
Aside from the skills assessment that is used to identify the best of the young participants, all learners also take part in a 45-minute life-skills programme that is presented by representatives of Grassroot Soccer’s ‘Skillz’ programme which teaches about living a healthy, risk-free life.
Each set of trials for the 2013 Future Players Talent Search will get under way at 9am and finish at 3pm.
The best youngsters from the 15 districts in Gauteng will be selected for the final, to be staged at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville next year.