Yet another Grassroots Football Program has been completed by the South African Football Association and FIFA. This time the township of Seshego in Limpopo was the host of this program.
As it has been practiced in the past, the program started with a week-long seminar to empower the local coaches who were in attendance. The aim was to assist them in becoming coaching educators so that they can go back to their communities and help other coaches and players with what they have learned during the course.
The seminar in Limpopo started on Monday, 22 November 2010 and ran until Thursday, 25 November 2010 and was followed by the grassroots festival on Friday, 26 November 2010. It was held at the Seshego Stadium.
President of SAFA Capricorn region Abel Rakoma says he is very excited to have this wonderful program in the region and the province. Rakoma also expressed his satisfaction in the response by the kids, parents and teachers.
“This program is going to help us to ensure that we instill the love of the game into these children at a very early age, it also helps us identify the untapped talent that we see on display today and this is a very humbling feeling and experience. This will also help us invest in talent identified here. Development is the most important aspect in football especially at grassroots level and it should not be compromised in any way or form. We were expecting around 500 children to participate in today’s event but we clearly have more than that and that only goes to show that this is being taken seriously. The kids you see here today are geared up and ready to go but the most important thing is that they had fun and a great experience that will stay with them for years to come and for that I want to thank everybody involved,” said Rakoma.The South African Football Association and FIFA are still keeping to their promise of visiting all nine provinces in the country, six provinces (Gauteng, Free State, Northern Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, Mpumalanga and Limpopo) have already been visited. The remaining three – Eastern Cape, Western Cape and KZN – are expected to visited in the New Year.