FNB and SAFA today announced that 15 football coaches have been recruited to launch the FNB Football First Programme.
The coaches, who were identified by SAFA’s technical department, are from rural areas across the country.
They will be put through their paces from 4 to 6 May 2011 at the highperformancecentre® at the University of Pretoria as
part of the FNB 2010 Legacy Programme.
In December 2010 FNB announced its commitment to football development through the FNB 2010 Legacy Programme.
The bank will invest in football development in South Africa over the next three years.
The selection and training of 15 regional coaches and the roll out of the FNB Football First Programme are the first steps
towards implementing the FNB 2010 Legacy Programme.
The training of the FNB Football First Coaches will be conducted by Serame Letsoaka, SAFA’s technical director.
The three day training session will address issues such as running a grassroots programme, scouting for talent, training of elite squads and maximising the use of equipment and facilities. Following the training programme the coaches will be tasked with rolling out a variety of football development and lifeskills inititatives at FNB Artificial Pitches in Pietermaritzburg, Mthatha,
George, Thohoyandou and Kimberley.
The coaches’ first objective will be setting up weekly training sessions and development squads for both boys and girls. Once the
development squads have been established a talent identification process can be activated by SAFA.
“As the sponsor of the national U17 boys and girls squads, FNB’s objective is to assist SAFA with expanding the talent pool from which regional and national players can emerge. This should strengthen the national U17 sides in their quest to qualify
for their respective FIFA World Cup events,” said Virginia Magapatona, head of corporate communications at FNB.
SAFA acting CEO Pinky Lehoko says the association’s partnership with FNB is making an immense contribution to football development.
“We appreciate FNB’s holistic contribution to development, their role in sponsoring our junior national teams, the
construction of five artificial football turfs, and the 2010 grassroots legacy program that involves the training of coaches and young players. All these initiatives are clear indications of FNB’s commitment to uplift football.”
At a media briefing today, the 15 coaches were able to interact with football legends and FNB 2010 Legacy Programme ambassadors, Lucas Radebe.