Botswana: Early Development Way to Go

| July 26, 2016

Ric Marape Football Academy hosted Gaborone-based Stanley Mwaanga Soccer Development and Consultant School on Saturday to share experiences and ideas on how to improve and develop young footballers.

In an interview, Ric Marape Academy director, Ricardo Marape said it was important to develop talent from a younger age as it takes time to build a perfect player.

He said the main objective of the day was to exchange football fundamentals, techniques, skills, and tactics between young players of the two academies.

In addition, he said they were also focused on other aspects that contributed to one being a good footballer such as respect, healthy lifestyle, nutrition and doping.

"We teach our players on life skills because as they grow up and join the world we want them to know what is expected of them in different kinds of environment," he said.

He noted that players who were involved in academies tend to excel.

Stanley Mwaanga Soccer Development and Consultant School director, Stanley Mwaanga said on intervals he engages his soccer players to play with other players from different academies to develop them.

He said his academy admits young players starting at the age of three years to 20 years adding that he trains them on Saturdays and that they go for bootcamps during school breaks.

Mwaanga said he always encourages his players to study hard and pray as he believes apart from being a good soccer player, the two plays an important role in one' life.

One of the parents, Morutiludi Tshwanelo said he does not regret taking his son who is eight to the academy because it has helped him develop his lifestyle skills and understanding of the game.

He said his son used to watch cartoons a lot which could be harmful to his body and mind and has since reformed as he exercises and socialises with other children his age whom he has a common goal with.

So far, he said his son was showing signs of maturity and discipline at home and was able to balance school work and his trainings because he has since been taught time management.

He noted that he has read that sport contributes to the economy of other countries saying it was his wish to see Batswana taking sport seriuosly as a number of Batswana could make a living from it.

He encouraged other parents to encourage and support their children when engaged in not only football, but other outdoor activties.

Source: Botswana Daily News.

Category: Human Rights

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