THE second skills tests of 2014 in the Future Players Gauteng Talent Search will take place this Saturday, after the hunt for the best young football talent in the
Province returned last weekend.
The programme at the Ruimsig Stadium saw 245 learners, including 42 girls, from various schools in Johannesburg North and the surrounding areas get the opportunity to showcase their soccer skills.
It was the seventh set of trials in this year’s search and once again the standard was incredibly high. The learners were put through their paces by 12 coaches, one of them female, in five skills tests to see if they have what it takes to advance to the finals.
The next talent search event will now be held at the Bram Fischer Sports Complex in Soweto on Saturday, where learners in the Johannesburg West region will be put through their paces.
After this there will be seven more sets of trials across the province as the Future Players Gauteng Talent Search reaches fever pitch!
Aside from the football there was also an important social responsibility aspect and all learners were given a presentation by either LoveLife, South Africa’s largest national AIDS prevention, education and behavior initiative for young people, or the Grassroots organisation who were both present on the day.
Organisers of the 2014 Future Players Talent Search hope that once again this year they will see over 10 000 learners from around the Gauteng province be assessed by expert coaches to determine if they have the potential to make a professional career out of football.
The Future Players initiative, run in conjunction with the Gauteng Provincial Government, led by the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, is open to youngsters aged 13 to 16, who are assessed by the coaches over a number of disciplines.
The best youngsters from the 15 districts in Gauteng trials will be chosen for the finals to be staged at in Soweto on March 29.