Liverpool announces the launch of the it’s official coaching programme in Durban and Johannesburg today.
Liverpool has partnered with Blue Crane Sports (Pty) Ltd, the Reds to deliver programmes teaching local children around both Durban and Johannesburg how to play the ‘Liverpool Way’. This is exciting news not only for die-hard young Liverpool fans, but the soccer profession as a whole in South Africa.
The coaching programme will be held at a permanent player-development centre, based in Durban, will also provide a year-round opportunity for local young, talented players to develop their skills through coaching practices taught to the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Raheem Sterling.
The soccer schools will be working with young players aged between five and 14, and will endeavour to improve football skills and help the students improve on technical, tactical, physical and social aspects of the game through age-specific coaching sessions.
Durban can’t wait for the Official Liverpool coaches to travel out to South Africa to deliver the programmes, which kick off in December 2014 of this year. There will also be a coach-education scheme that will ensure that local trainers can benefit from the initiative as well.
Liverpool legend and club ambassador Ian Rush said: “Liverpool have a huge number of fans in South Africa, so it’s fantastic that local young players are going to get the chance to train and develop their skills under our LFC coaches. This is a unique programme and we are confident that it will be well received by the participants.
“It’s a great opportunity for youngsters to feel closer to the club they love and to get a real sense of what it’s like to learn how to play the ‘Liverpool Way’. We are looking forward to delivering the first coaching programmes in December this year.”
Carlos Catalino, managing director of Blue Crane Sports, added: “We are excited about the partnership we have agreed with Liverpool FC to bring the very best technical expertise to the coaching programmes here in South Africa. We are aiming to provide a market-leading platform for local players to take their development to the next level.
“Through this initiative we will provide many opportunities for young players and coaches across the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces, to really develop the game here in South Africa.”
For more information on this project and for details on the December Liverpool FC Soccer Schools programme check out the official Liverpool website. You can also visit Liverpool FC International Academy South Africa on Facebook.