There will be two more stops this weekend in the search to find the most talented young footballers in the Gauteng Province as learners in the Ekurhuleni South and Johannesburg North regions get their chance to shine.
Already close to 4,000 budding superstars have been assessed in the 2014/2015 Future Players Gauteng Talent Search programme and organisers are expecting to add another 2,000 to that number on what will be a busy weekend for the coaches.
The Ekurhuleni South event will take place at the Reiger Park Stadium on Saturday from 08h00, while on Sunday the assessments will be held at the Noordgesig Sports Grounds with the same starting time.
The Future Players Gauteng Talent Search has been a huge success in unearthing hidden gems in the past few years and already there is much excitement among the coaches over what they have seen since the beginning of the initiative last October.
Over the past two weekends, the event was held at Progress Primary School in Lenasia as well as the Chris Hani Nike Stadium in Orange Farm, where some 800 learners were put through their paces, among them many girls hoping to be future Banyana Banyana stars.
The 15 qualified coaches in attendance assessed the kids over a set of five skills tests – each designed to allow the youngsters to showcase a different aspect of their talent.
The Future Players initiative, run in conjunction with the Gauteng Provincial Government, is open to both boys and girls aged 12 to 16.
Aside from the football, there is also an important social responsibility aspect as all learners will be given a presentation by LoveLife, South Africa’s largest national AIDS prevention, education and behavior initiative for young people, and Grassroots Soccer.
Over the past seven years, over 10,000 learners have undergone the assessment programme, with the most notable being current Banyana Banyana star Refiloe Jane, who was discovered through the Future Players Gauteng Talent Search.