Airtel Rising Stars Soccer Clinic kicks off in Nairobi
MOBILE| Aug. 28, 2012, 3:15 p.m.
By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi
Over 50 youth from across Africa are attending a soccer clinic run by the Manchester United Soccer Schools, in partnership with Airtel Africa, where they are expected to combine technical training with in-class sessions enforcing the importance of education, health and wellbeing.
A statement from Airtel Malawi released to the local media on the clinic described the atmosphere in the room where the youths gathered as ‘buzzing with excitement’ as head coach, Mathew Gregory, gave the kids an overview of the Club’s philosophy and the program for the week, while Manchester United anthems played in the background.
Airtel explains that the Clinic – which gives the top football talents from the Airtel Rising Stars tournament the opportunity to train with some of the best coaches from Manchester United Soccer Schools – will run for one week between the 27th to 31st August. It hosts talented youngsters from nine African countries where Airtel operates namely Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania.
Andre Beyers, General Chief Marketing Officer for Airtel Africa, said this phase of Airtel Rising Stars is arguably one of the most important.
“It is through these clinics that we reinforce our commitment to not only nurture talent in Africa, but to develop it, too. We have a lot of great players on our continent and workshops like this give these players a chance to get take their talent to the next level and get a sense of how it feels to be a professional footballer,” explained Beyers.
During his opening remarks to the youth, Coach Gregory told the youths that they will learn how to “live, train and play the Manchester United way,” by going through seminars and coaching sessions that mimic those of the Club’s first team players.
Gregory further explained to the young African athletes that they would be treated as professional players, and in return, they must behave like professional players by playing special attention to their punctuality, discipline and commitment to the workshop.
Airtel says over the course of the week, Coach Gregory and his team of three professional coaches from the Manchester United Soccer Schools will take the budding young talents through a series of courses that address everything from dribbling, attacking and defense, to health and fitness requirements of being a professional player.
The coaches will also reinforce the importance for the youth to get a good education.
Airtel Rising Stars tournament is currently in its second year running and the current one concluded in a pan-African Championship Tournament last week during which the top boys and girls’ team from 15 participating market, faced each other for the grand prize of USD 10,000 to be used towards the players’ education.
MORE MOBILE NEWS
Vodafone sweeps awards in two separate eventsVodafone Ghana is cementing its reputation for social media excellence, with a series of awards. Read More
Winners emerge in Samsung’s “Inspire Bigger Dreams” campaignThe Samsung Electronics “Inspire Bigger Dreams” competition has produced three winners. The campaign was aimed at encouraging Nigerians to keep their dreams alive, dream bigger and aspire to greater heights. Read More
Simplifying and enhancing security on MTN’s information systems key to improving customer experienceIn the first hundred days in his new role, MTN South Africa’s new Chief Information Officer, Benjamin Marais, says his focus was to simplify information technology processes internally and externally, and beef up security of the systems in order to enhance customer experience. Read More
Uganda blocks social media ahead of Museveni swearing inThe Ugandan government locked down access to all social media platforms, citing security reasons, as President Museveni took the oath of office for his fifth term this week. Read More
Glo unveils Talk SpecialNational telecoms operator Globacom has launched a new product called Talk Special in a move it said would enhance the communication experience of subscribers on its platform. Read More
LTE enables the mobile workforceMTN Business says LTE will play a central role in alleviating enterprises' mobile pain-points and facilitating the move to a mobile first strategy. Read More
Zuri Brand seeks share of Kenya’s smartphone marketRecently launched digital lifestyle devices brand Zuri has stepped up efforts to capture a share of the Kenyan smartphone market with the launch of four smartphone models. Read More
BTCL selects Amdocs for business support systems modernisationAmdocs has announced that Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL), a provider of fixed, mobile and broadband services to approximately 800,000 customers, has awarded Amdocs a five-year managed services contract for business support systems (BSS) modernisation. Read More
Airtel warns on recruitment scamAirtel Ghana has issued a statement warning the public about a scam claiming the company is offering part-time jobs. Read More
MTN and Ericsson lead the way with first LTE-U networkTo future proof its business, MTN SA, together with Ericsson, has successfully trialled LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) at MTN’s flagship channel store in Morningside, Johannesburg. Read More
FEATURED STORYGovernment should encourage youths in ICT early
Youths should be given more encouragement to develop their ICT skills, an 11-year-old app developer told Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHIBM Opens First Cloud Data Centre in South Africa
IBM is opening a new IBM Cloud Data Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. The new cloud center is the result of a close collaboration with Gijima and Vodacom and is designed to support cloud adoption and customer demand across the continent.
COMPANY NEWSMTN Business partners SMEasy to give entrepreneurs access to easy accounting solutions
MTN Business, in partnership with online accounting tool SMEasy, today announced the launch of an agile, fit for purpose business management and easy accounting solution for small ...Enhancing your security posture to fight new ransomware threats
Petya ransomware is proving to be one of the top cybersecurity stories of 2016.Arbor stops malware in its tracks
There is always a substantial amount of banking trojan activity taking place, however, recent developments have intensified the threat landscape.