Academy View: Young Bafana targets matric

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Young Bafana’s motto of changing lives through football and education is bearing fruit

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Young Bafana’s emphasis on the education of their players to ensure a better future is reinforced by the provision of extra lessons in English as a second language.

These lessons take place twice a week and are divided into two classes, a senior class for grades 6 to 8 and a junior class for grades 2 to 5.

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At Young Bafana, we recognise the fact that these kids will need to improve their command of the English language to improve and change their lives for a brighter future.

Unfortunately, only a handful of boys will make the grade into professional football, hence the focus on education to give them a chance in life.

With this in mind, it is our aim to see all of our players finish school and obtain a matric certificate.

Young Bafana initiated this programme in 2012 and we are proud to announce the first  candidate to complete his matric certificate. His name his Sihle, but known as Bob to everyone.

Bob found his way to Young Bafana in 2012 when trials were held for the Under 14 team at the Hottentots Holland High school.

The Young Bafana scouts noticed the talents of the 14-year-old Bob and he was invited to join the academy. His exploits on the field were tremendous and he was an example to all on the field.

Unfortunately, Bob was struggling with his English at school. Being a slightly shy introverted boy, he lacked the confidence in the oral work which formed a major part of the pass mark required.

Extra lessons were provided by various Young Bafana coaches and interns and with some hard work by Bob, there was hope at the end of the tunnel with the final exams looming.

Bernd Steinhage, founder of Young Bafana and coach at that time, was instrumental in assisting Bob in gaining the confidence that he required for his oral examination.

His advice paid dividends, and Bob was able to pass English and earn his matric certificate.

In an interview after earning his matric, Bob said that Young Bafana had taught him the importance of teamwork and discipline; and that success is achieved by hard work. He said that he was thankful for the opportunity provided by Young Bafana.

With this qualification, Bob can now move on to further his education and Young Bafana are proud to be part of this journey.

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