Local academy aims to develop soccer talent

The hidden soccer talents in Tubatse will now be in the spotlight thanks to the Tubatse Mighty Aces Football Academy, as it promises to develop soccer locally. Tubatse Mighty Aces Football Academy is a community based initiative that aims to take children and youth away from the street life through playing football. Speaking to Steelburger/Lydenburg News, David Mokgotho, communications officer at the academy, said their service package includes football development, life skills and also aims to craft careers in football and other sporting codes. Mokgotho indicated that there will be an influx of local kids participating in the top level. “We want a youngsters rather to utilise their energy in a positive way; away from booze, drugs and crime. Soccer, in the absence of proper infrastructure in our area, has proven to be the one ways of achieving it. The academy has talented players from six to 19 years old. According to Mokgotho, the project was made possible by a grant of R172 596 in 2013 from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC). The NLC also granted the academy R147 530 in 2016 for sports equipment.”We are proudly and currently funded by the NLC, and humbly ask and invite other stakeholders to come on board for sponsorship in support of the aims and dreams of these aspiring children and youth.” The academy aspires to establish branches in the following areas: Driekop, Maandagshoek, Ga-Maroga, Ga-Mampuru, Alverton, Ga-Masha, Mangabane and Mohlaletsi villages as well as in Burgersfort. Interested parents are urged to bring their children with certified birth certificates for registration. They are requested to buy soccer boots, socks, shorts and shin guards. Parents are further required to buy tracksuits, T-shirts and caps with the logo of the academy after registration. The academy’s coaches will conduct coaching clinics at local schools for talent identification.

The academy currently trains at Praktiseer, Bogwasha and Kweledi school grounds.

Gilbert Motseo

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