Posted: 2012-04-25 10:50
Nike South Africa have launched ‘The Chance’ South Africa Trials 2012 at the Nike Football Training Centre in Soweto and announced Mamelodi Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens and Benni McCarthy as the official local scouts.
Neeskens and McCarthy will be tasked with identifying the top three players who demonstrate unparalleled talent and determination to participate in the global event in Barcelona in August.
The nationwide search will commence in early June, and includes five major cities: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. These regional trials, which aim to see over 5,000 young, aspiring footballers show off their skill, will be directed by former players Shaun Bartlett and Tebogo Moloi.
A final shortlist comprising of 50 players identified at the regional trials will attend a football camp in Johannesburg in July with Neeskens and McCarthy.
The Chance’ 2012 is a unique global football talent search that gives young amateur, unsigned footballers from around the world the chance to prove themselves on an elite stage and take their game to the highest level.
South African goalkeeper, Reyaad Pieterse, who won a one-in-eight spot in The Chance 2011, and joined the Nike Academy in the UK, recently signed a professional contract with Ireland-based Shamrock Rovers FC.
Created to support talented youngsters who are not currently in the professional game, ‘The Chance’ will allow the best young footballers (over 16 years old on March 1st 2012) to train and play at the leading facilities in world football, showcase their skills in front of elite coaches and mentors, and develop and improve their talent, with one aim; to get noticed.
Players from 55 countries around the world will take part in ‘The Chance’ trials in 2012. The best 100 players from these trials, watched by top Nike coaches, will then travel to a global final in Spain, to be held at FC Barcelona’s famed youth academy. There, they will experience world class facilities, elite coaching, and input from nutritionists, psychologists and fitness conditioners as they progress in the programme.
‘The Chance’ was first launched in 2010, and has since seen thousands of talented footballers participate in coaching at the very best level. And this year’s programme promises to be the most global and competitive yet.
The final 100 players will take part in an intense training and competition schedule in Barcelona, while being evaluated by a world-class team of coaches and scouts. Players will be assessed through training drills including Nike SPARQ, a training and conditioning system that helps build better athletes.
The best 16 footballers from the global finals will be chosen by Nike to experience the ultimate training tour as their reward; facing some of the most renowned academy teams in world football, including Manchester United, Juventus FC and a U.S. Youth National Team during a once-in-a-lifetime four week tour.
From this group of 16 players, four players will be selected to train and play with the Nike Academy, now in its second year in partnership with the Premier League, based in the United Kingdom. This will form the last leg of the tour.
One player will join the Nike Academy 2012/13 full time for two months and play with the team to showcase their talent to professional scouts and coaches.
Players will live the life of an elite footballer and train at the best facilities under the watchful eyes of club coaches and scouts. A golden chance to get noticed and potentially win a professional contract.
Players can register on www.facebook.com/nikefootballza