THE 2012 Future Players Talent Search will have two more dates this coming weekend after a highly successful opening event in Tshwane last Sunday.
The popular programme, hosted by 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 centres around the province throughout the month of March, leading up to the big reveal of who will be the 2012 Future Players winners.
This year’s event kicked-off at the Hillview High School in the Tshwane CBD last Sunday and saw 500 learners put through their paces by the development coaches at the event.
Aside from the 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 representatives of Grassroot Soccer’s ‘Skillz’ programme which teaches about living a healthy, risk-free life. The youngsters also received a food pack from loyal partner, Pick n Pay.
The 2012 Future Players now moves on to two new venues this coming weekend with well over 1000 learners expected to take part in the two days of activities.
The programme heads to Soweto on Sunday, and will be held at the Ennerdale Sports Complex from 9am-3pm, with youngsters from the Johannesburg South district taking part.
At the same time, the event will take place Huntersfield in Katlehong, which takes in learners from the Gauteng East and Ekurhuleni South districts.
The 2012 Future Players Talent Search is now in its fourth year and forms part of the Future Champions Gauteng project 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