Guidance for youths

SIX hundred youngsters will attend the yearly Dettol Shona Khona soccer coaching and life-skills training sessions at 20 venues across the country at the weekend.

SIX hundred youngsters will attend the yearly Dettol Shona Khona soccer coaching and life-skills training sessions at 20 venues across the country at the weekend.

Reckitt Benckiser's education-through-sport development programme caters for future superstars aged between 10 and 16. Out of the 600 hopefuls, 30 will attend a national coaching and life-skills training camp at the Bidvest Wits FC Academy in Johannesburg over three days from November 6.

Out of these 30 candidates, 12 of the most talented youngsters will be selected to go to the Sao Paulo Futebol Academy in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in December for a week of training by international coaches.

They will undergo the same training that Tyroane Sandows, the biggest success story of the programme, has received over the past two years.

Sandows has been offered a three-year contract by the Sao Paulo Futebol Club.

Another bright Shona Khona recruit, Sifiso Mnguni, who was discovered at the very first Shona Khona training camp, has signed a three-year professional playing contract with Platinum Stars' development team.

Talking to Sowetan about this weekend's regional soccer coaching and life-skills training camps, Dettol Shona Khona project manager and Bidvest Wits FC CEO Stan Whiting said: "Participating youngsters are allocated to camps closest to their cities or towns. This year the number has risen to more than 4000."

Regional camps will be held in these areas:

l the Mandela Sports Complex in Soshanguve, October 10;

l Polokwane Cricket Ground, October 11;

l Ivory Park in Tembisa, October 10;

l Phelendaba Ground in Newcastle, October 11;

l Fiat Sports Centre in Meadowlands, Soweto, October 10;

l Vaal University of Technology Grounds in Vereeniging, October 11;

l Ngwelezane New Field, Empangeni, October 10;

l Ashdown Stadium in Pietermaritzburg, October 11;

l Kwathana Stadium in Marble Hall, October 10;

l Thulamashe Stadium, Bushbuckridge, October 11;

l Mangaung Outdoor centre in Botshabelo, October 10;

l Mandalay Stadium in Khayelitsha, October 11;

l Thembalethu Sportsground in George, October 10;

l Zwide Stadium in Port Elizabeth, October 11;

l Mthatha High School in Mthatha, October 10;

l Jan Smuts Number 2 Stadium in East London, October 10;

l Masupha Sports Grounds in Atteridgeville, October 10;

l Mmabatho Stadium in Mafikeng, October 11;

l West End Ground in Kimberley, October 10;

l and, Kopano Centre in Welkom, October 11.

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