THE 2012 Future Players Talent Search will continue to make its way around Gauteng tomorrow in five venues across the province as the hunt for the next generation of football stars gets into full swing.
The popular programme, run in conjunction with the Gauteng Provincial Government, is looking to unearth the best young talent in the Gauteng region in the Under-17 age group, with thousands of boys and girls hopeful of being spotted and set on the road to superstardom.
The programme is open to youngsters aged 13 to 16, and will have trials at centers around the province through the month of March, leading up to the big reveal of who will be the 2012 Future Players Talent Search winner.
The focus tomorrow for the Future Players Talent Search will be at the Mamelodi Central Grounds next to the HM Pitje Stadium (Tshwane South And Gauteng North region), Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort (Gauteng West and Johannesburg West), Cecil Old Ridge Park in Vanderbijlpark (Sedibeng East and Sedibeng West), Elandsfontein Football School of Excellence in Ekurhuleni (Gauteng East and Ekurhuleni South) and the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus (Johannesburg Central and Johannesburg North).
The programme starts at 9am and runs until 3pm, with the learners receiving a food pack from loyal partner Pick n Pay.
Last weekend the programme visited the Ennerdale Sports Ground and the Sam Ntuli Sports Ground in Thokoza for another successful set of events that together saw 700 learners put through their paces.
Aside from the football skills assessment that was used to identify the best of the young players, all learners also took part in a 45-minute life-skills programme that was presented by 10 representatives of Grassroot Soccer’s ‘Skillz’ programme which teaches about living a healthy, risk-free life.
The 2012 Future Players Talent Search is now in its fourth year and forms part of the Future Champions Gauteng tournament that sees some of the best Under-17 club sides from around the world descend on the province for an international tournament. This year’s competition takes place between March 26-31 and will be held at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto.