WITH ANOTHER VERY PROMINENT PRESS CONFERENCE AND THE FIRST SESSIONS, ARMINIA VERY SUCCESSFULLY STARTED ITS DIGITAL YOUTH PROJECT IN SOUTH AFRICA. MODERATED BY THE WELL-KNOWN SOUTH AFRICAN ACTOR THAMI MNGQOLO, JONAS HECKING WELCOMED THE PARTICIPATING PLAYERS, PARENTS AND PRESS REPRESENTATIVES AND WISHED ALL PARTICIPANTS EVERY SUCCESS IN THE COMING WEEKS ON BEHALF OF ARMINIA.
Martin Schäfer, German Ambassador to South Africa, is very excited about the upcoming activities and especially about the opportunities for the participating players and coaches. With David Notoane, the U23 national coach of South Africa, as well as Manqoba Mngqithi, head coach of the South African record champions Mamelodi Sundowns, two very well-known South African sports personalities also addressed motivating words to the participants and thanked Arminia for this commitment. Philasande Muveve, spokesperson of the South African Ministry of Education (MEC), pointed out the importance of such projects and thanked all those who make such measures possible.
Following the press conference, 35 children started the training programm at Balfour Park Sports Ground Johannesburg under the guidance of Arminia scout Jonas Hecking and his team. In a two-hour five-a-side tournament, Hecking and his assistants were able to get a detailed picture of the participants. With the impressions gained, targeted training plans can now be drawn up for the participants. "This was a really great start - the first impression are great. We are now very happy to be able to help the kids in their individual development and to provide assistance with numerous live sessions," says Hecking. In the coming weeks, numerous digital training sessions with licensed coaches will take place in cooperation with Dynasty Sport and Schächter Sports.