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Academy View: Introducing Alonzo Broadley

15:47 GMT+3 04/09/2017
Alonzo Broadley Young Bafana
Young Bafana's 25 year old Alonzo Broadley seeks to be the role-model that he needed as a child

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Born and bred in the heart of Kensington serves as a contributing facet to my ambition and philosophy, striving towards becoming the role model I required as a young mischievous boy.

At the age of 5 my soccer journey commenced as I joined a hometown club, Saxon Rovers.

I advanced to provincial level and at the age of 17 I was scouted and afforded the opportunity to join Vasco Da Gama, which I then joined the following year. I was recruited and joined the ranks of the then PSL team, 2011-2012 season. 

My stay was short-lived as unforeseen health issues surfaced; which lead to the birthing process of my philosophy. At that moment a spark ignited within me to invest in other goalkeepers and offer my experiences as I could no longer live the dream I had once envisioned.

Many clubs in our communities are unable to relish the privilege of having goalkeeper coaches; this is a major factor as goalkeepers require individual training to focus on their individual needs as goalkeepers.

Most local teams are faced with an immense challenge as goalkeepers are involved with the infield players during training. Goalkeepers require a 30-45 min training session during each soccer training session. 

In my career I have had the opportunity to do goalkeeper coaching at Vasco Da Gama, Saxon Rovers and more recently, Young Bafana. 

With a national diploma in sport fitness and exercise science, a level 3 first aid cetificate and experience as a sports massage therapist, I initially came on board at Young Bafana as the physio for the Bayhill tournament.

I dealt with the injuries, strapping, massage and conditioning of the players. Soon after the tournament it was agreed that I would take the lead of goalkeeper training. My current role at the academy is goalkeeper coach and the physio of the team.

It is nothing short of a blessing to be a part of the Young Bafana Family. I was welcomed with open hearts and smiles when I met the Founder [Bernd Steinhage] and all the staff for the first time.

I am excited for my future at Young Bafana as I know that this is where I'm supposed to be. The coaches and players are always learning new things daily. The challenges we face only makes us stronger for the future and moulds us into the team we have the ability to be.

I firmly believe that it is easier to elevate yourself to the top when coming from an academy because, you are exposed to the most important aspects which you would utilize throughout your soccer career. 

Our main aim is to invest in the childrens future in the hope of getting them through to the top ranks. The spotlight is always on Young Bafana therefore, the boys are exposed to great opportunities due to work being done behind the scenes; benefiting both the players and the academy which I am immensely proud to be a part of.