SAFA takes development to the next level with the lauch of Grassroots Football Programme

THE South African Football Association (SAFA) in conjunction with the Dreamfields Project, have launched a Grassroots Football Programme at the University of Johannesburg today.

The programme is being conducted at the Univerity’s sports campus by SAFA Technical Director, Serame Letsoaka, who will be assisted by SAFA instructors, Conti Khubeka and Khulu Nsibanyoni.

The programme was organised by the Dreamfields Project with the aim of targeting University of Johannesburg students in the Sports faculty. The training will be used to conduct research and development work at schools level.

Fifty two (52) students are attending the course.

The Dreamfields Project is a non-profit organisation that has partnered with the Department of Education to provide a sustainable environment for schools football in disadvantaged communities. Schools tournaments are organised by Dreamfields to sustain a healthy schools football competition amongst the schools. The pupils compete for playing kits, soccer balls and other training equipment needed to assist a football team.

The Dreamfields project has been in existence for five years assisting schools develop the schools leagues at primary school level.

Silas Mashava, a Dreamfields project representative says that this grassroots programme is a good initiative in the development and sustainability of schools football leagues at primary schools.

“We started the Dreamfields project five years ago to help schools is disadvantaged communities develop football schools league at primary school level. We have partnered with the University of Johannesburg’s Sports faculty to target students under that particular faculty to assist us in researching, developing and eventually sustaining schools football. We have students from various departments in the sports faculty assisting us so we can build a data base based on the research the students will provide us with. We then use this information in further developing the game of football at primary school level and build sustainable football in primary schools,” said Mashava.

The grassroots programme will conclude this Thursday (March 29) with the grassroots festival set to take place at the AW Muller Stadium on the University’s sports campus the next day (March 30).

Two-hundred children from neighbouring primary schools, from the ages of six to twelve, will partake in the grassroots festival.

They will be taught the basics of the sport like shooting, heading, passing, dribbling and goalkeeping

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