The Rainbow Chickens Schools Soccer Programme received a big boost on Wednesday, 19 September 2012 when AmaZulu first team players visited pupils from Hammersdale-based high schools.
The High School pupils received advices from four AmaZulu stars; Andile Khumalo, Bukasa Kasonga, Siyabonga Vilane and Thokozani Mshengu, who explained how to balance school work and the dream of wishing to one day play in the PSL.
AmaZulu striker Siyabonga Vilane knows all too well how the collaborative effort between the AmaZulu Community Trust and Rainbow Chickens can help the local youngsters.
“The grounds there are not in decent condition and I think they got very motivated because they are young boys who have a dream of playing professional football one day in their lives,” said the man from Jozini.
AmaZulu Community Trust Coordinator, Mpho Dintwa, said that the project will grow from strength to strength in the near future.
“As a form of motivation to some of the youngsters that are part of the programme we decided to involve the AmaZulu first team players.
“This helped to give words of encouragement to the youth and to also be seen in the community that support in uplifting the community,” said Dintwa.
About 20 community coaches have also attended a two day coaching workshop conducted by the AmaZulu development coaches. They are: former AmaZulu great Joel Faya, former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker and Ronnie Moroka.
This is to enable them to gain the necessary skills to coach the pupils at the various schools.
Participating schools get drilled with the latest aspects of football training conducted by the above mentioned AmaZulu development coaches.