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The South African Breweries (SAB) reiterated its commitment to developing grassroots football in South Africa during a celebratory lunch held in honour of football match officials who took part in the Match Officials Skills Camp this past week.
Thirty aspiring Match officials from across South Africa participated in the skills camp held at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre.
With knowledgeable instructors such as Enoch Molefe, Didiza Ngutshana and Deidre Zealand, the SAB League Match Officials Skills Camp, aims to provide participants with invaluable skills and a profound understanding of the rules of the game.
The camp entails an intense week of both mental and physical activities to equip participants with the necessary skills to perform at their optimum level.
“Through the SAB League Skills Camps, we are demonstrating our full commitment to the development of football in South Africa from grassroots level. Our key objective for the SAB League is to develop South African football holistically, and this necessitates opportunities like these where we upskill and empower all role players.” says Kalashni Narainsamy, Better World Project Manager, SAB and AB InBev Africa.
SAB has been the official partner of the SAB League for the past 17 years and has developed, in collaboration with SAFA, the grassroots football development tournament from one that not only nurtures and develops young talent but is an all-encompassing development initiative focusing on players, coaches, football administrators and match officials.
Speaking at the Match Officials Skills Camp celebratory lunch held in Pretoria on Friday, 06 April 2018, Narainsamy detailed how SAB strives to maintain a consistent, holistic and high quality developmental structure through the SAB League, to ensure that the game of football in South Africa in its entirety is elevated to the best standard possible.
“To remain on par with global standards, we need to ensure that we capacitate all participants in the game with valuable skills and knowledge. In so doing, the SAB League Skills Camp has become an ongoing initiative which aims to positively impact on the lives of individuals and the broader community,” concluded Narainsamy.
SAFA’s Chief-Executive Officer, Dennis Mumble described how the SAB League Skills Camp addressed the lack of skills within communities. “Through the SAB League Skills Camp, we have identified ways in which we can improve lives by providing individuals with the right skills to empower not only themselves, but their communities too.
“Football is evolving globally, and we are no longer focused solely on unearthing players. Match officials play an integral role in football and the earlier we develop them at grassroots level, the more knowledgeable they will be as professionals,” said Mumble.

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