The AmaZulu Community Trust took to Ulundi on Monday, 22 February to hand over training and playing equipment ahead of the start of the exciting grassroots schools (U12) program.
The Community Trust’s Programs Manager, Mpho Dintwa, was accompanied by Usuthu Scouts; Boysie Mngoma, Ayanda Mkhize and Lindokuhle Mkhize at the equipment hand over to the five primary schools from ‘The City of Heritage’.
“We’re very excited about this program and what it’s set out to achieve, and the warm welcome from the Zululand District Municipality and local municipality was overwhelming.
“The commitment made by the Honorable Mayor, M.A Hlatshwayo will go a long in ensuring that its success. We’re also looking forward to the handover in KwaDukuza and getting the program started,” said Dintwa.
Ulundi District Mayor, Honorable M.A Hlatshwayo accepted the equipment on behalf of the schools and thanked the AmaZulu Community Trust and KZN Sports & Recreation for the joint initiative which was officially launched on 10 February 2016.
Last week a life skills workshop comprising of all participating coaches and facilitators was held in Durban at Prime High Performance Institute.
On 25 February a handover of basic training equipment will be held at KwaDukuza’s Ilembe Disaster Board Room at 10am. A Coach the Coaches Workshop for the five identified schools will also be held.
The rolling out of the project on the ground officially begins from March to September from ten schools from KwaDukuza and Ulundi primary schools. Weekly training sessions will be conducted by community coaches which will also be covering life skills topics under the guide of AmaZulu Coaches.
After the mass participation phase an inter-school’s tournament will be held in both areas, which may result in some of the players being selected to Usuthu youth structures.
Through doors that can be opened by the Community Trust participants can stand a chance to get bursary opportunities and life skills workshops that will be conducted on a regular basis. Scholars who have a good academic record and show great potential of playing at professional level will stand a chance to receive a scholarship to study at Glenwood High School through the Elite Football Program.
The program will go a long way in trying to alleviate pitfalls that have been associated with some of the country’s future footballers in the past.Share