Platinum Stars coach Cavin Johnson and his team will conduct soccer clinics for close to 250 aspiring footballers over two days this week.
Johnson, who is Dikwena’s former head of youth, will lead the team during the soccer clinics at Tlapa Primary School on Wednesday November 09 and Thethe Secondary School on Thursday November 10 as part of Platinum Stars Soccer Schools programme. Dikwena have always sought to empower communities in and around the North West province. Johnson has stressed the importance of reaching out to community in order to build support and identify talent. He is hoping to find exceptional players that have potential to join the North West based club.
“This is a club of the community. We are proud to do this. You never know what happens when you go and look at these players. We might find the next Kobamelo Kodisang, Katlego Khonou amongst them. We do that for community but we also pray that we find the next generation of young footballers. This is the right step,” said Johnson.
“We can’t do it very often because of our congested league schedule. Since we are on a break, now we have got perfect time to do it and that is why we doing it. We are making sure that the players give something back especially so that they can share their knowledge of being professional players with the youngsters.”
On both days the club will supply the attendees from various schools with resources including soccer kits, T-shirts, soccer balls and other necessities. The youngsters will be afforded a chance to capture the memories by posing for pictures with players, getting autographs and interacting with their stars. Stars Academy manager Kagiso Marumo says the first team’s involvement shows that the club holds development in high regard.
“In essence it’s a mass participation programme. We are encouraging kids to participate in the sport of soccer with the objective of promoting community development and social cohesion. We need to catch them at a young age with the aim of having them in future as our players and also expanding our support. It’s important because all those kids are supporters of Platinum Stars so it will be good for them to rub shoulders and interact with the first team players. Our players are role models so it’s important that they share wisdom, knowledge and skills with the kids. That can change someone’s life,” said Marumo.
The clinics will not be restricted to young boys only. Even young girls will get a chance to learn from the professionals on the day. Marumo explains that participating schools have been allocated a specific number.
“Each school will bring about 20 children. That’s 10 boys and 10 girls. On the 09th we are looking at having 100 kids since, it’s a five primary school. The following days we are expecting close to 140. We are looking forward to imparting knowledge to the younger that are set to make a contribution in the future,” said Marumo.