Launch of the Soccer Institute
The Mafikeng Campus Soccer Institute was launched on 11 April 2007. This momentous initiative has four main objectives:
To use soccer (football) as a catalyst for growth and development;
To create a centre of excellence that will make a visible and valuable contribution to the development of the game;
To leave a legacy for future generations of disadvantaged students;
To develop the players to the level where they could be capable of forging a professional soccer career alternatively, a professional career in the business world.
Commitment, Support and Endorsements
The management of the University is extremely committed to the success of the Soccer Institute. The university is also heartened by the overwhelming support and endorsements from a wide range of stakeholders, both internationally and domestically: FIFA, English Premier League, UK based Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa, South African Football Association (SAFA); the Noble prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and South African High Commissioner to the UK, Dr Lindiwe Mabusa.
The Soccer Institute kicked-off with 37 players of which 22 are studying towards a Sports Science Diploma and 15 players towards various degree programmes.
Their selection was based on their football talent coupled with the academic potential related to studying at a university. All the players received the FA Premier League Scholarships that cover tuition, accommodation, books and meals for the duration of the programme.
The players are from all over South Africa with eight of the nine provinces being represented. Their age range between 18 -23.
There are state-of-the-art training facilities and more are been developed such as a sports Gymnasium and a synthetic all weather pitch, which will allow training irrespective of the elements.
Training programmes at all levels of the sport will be an integral offering of the NWU Soccer Institute and this include: Training courses and training camps for soccer coaches at school, club, provincial and national level. Part of the training clinics will be offered on regular basis (especially in the run-up to the World Cup 2010).
Research in Sport Sciences with a specific focus on soccer has been identified as a major research focus area that will be established at NWU Mafikeng. Funds will be raised for these specific focus areas: Research related to performance enhancement in soccer - from grassroots level (talent identification and development to elite level); Soccer injuries and Training regimen analysis.
As one of they key strategic goal of the NWU, through the community engagement initiatives the Soccer Institute will engage with the community to: advance community soccer, establish a High School Soccer Coaching Clinic, an under 14 and under 15 soccer teams at school levels as well as recruit top players with the view to represent SA in the under 23 Bafana Bafana soccer team.
For more information contact:
Mr Rick Van Rooyen
Tel: 018 3892406