Megan McLean and Petro-Anne Morkel, a┬á Dutch soccer club is developing young soccer talent in the Vaal Triangle.
The Philips Sport Vereniging (PSV) Eindhoven Soccer Club has sent coaches to train children and their local coaches from June 18 to June 22. This is part of an exchange programme between the Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) and the Eindhoven Municipality in the Netherlands.
“The future of South African soccer lies in training the youth,” said Sedibeng 2010 Task Team spokesperson Klaas Mofomme. “The current crop of players is getting old. We need to develop soccer at a grassroots level. If you teach them technical skills and know-how at a young age they improve and grow.”
The PSV coaches taught 10 local teams with 20 players each aged between nine and 15 at the COP Sports Complex in Vanderbijlpark. The teams were selected from Sharpville, Bophelong, Boiathong, Tshepiso, Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark, Evaton, Evaton West and Sebokeng.
After the Dutch coaches leave, local coaches will still benefit from this soccer development programme. Local coaches also received training on the technical aspects of the beautiful game.
“Local coaches should now be able to take these techniques forward,” said Mofomme.
This soccer programme forms part of a larger twinning between the two municipalities, which have had a relationship since 1999. According to Yvonne Blankwater, project manager for the City of Eindhoven, this relationship came into being after a Dutch NGO approached Eindhoven Municipality for assistance with its welfare programmes in Emfuleni.
PSV Eindhoven is one of three European Cup-winning soccer clubs in the Netherlands. Many famous soccer players, for example Ronaldo Luis Naz├írio de Lima, have used this club as a launching pad for their sporting careers.
News source: Mooivaal Media (Vaalweekblad)