Following a successful launch of a groundbreaking initiative that will see former footballers being equipped with essential skills and knowledge, 12th Man programme set to run over the next six months.
A first of its kind for South African football, the sponsored initiative kicked off in Johannesburg with a two-day workshop that saw the ten selected former football professionals going through Administration and Media training by some of the country’s experts in the two respective fields.
Day one of the two-day programme saw the legends being educated about the importance of sound administration in the workplace and the importance of placing world-class administration structures within the projects and tournaments they conduct in their communities.
Former Moroka Swallows player, Alfred Phiri who spearheads the popular Maimane Phiri (MAPS) Games in Alexandra said the workshop would greatly benefit his annual games as proper administration would assist in ensuring that his tournament continuously improves and attracts more sponsors and fans.
“It is important that we set quality standards when conducting tournaments in our communities. The 12th Man will greatly assist us in professionalising the different foundations and tournaments that we are involved in back in our communities. Practicing quality administration will also assist us when presenting our tournaments to potential sponsors and investors” said Phiri.
The course concluded on Thursday, 21 February with an intense media training workshop where all ten legends were given tips on how to conduct themselves in a professional manner when conducting media interviews and dealing with crisis within the media and public space.
Speaking at the end of a fruitful two-day workshop, 12th Man anchor, Lucas Radebe who attended both days said he was excited to see what would come out of these workshops and urged the legends to put their newly acquired knowledge to good practice.
“The past two days have been quite fruitful, and I am quite eager to see how the legends will implement what they have learnt so far. What 12th Man has started is truly something to be admired and appreciated and I want to again urge the former professionals to take this programme to heart as it will change their lives for the better,” said the former Bafana Bafana captain.
The next workshop, which is set to take place in March will focus on Club Administration where the legends will get in-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of how to run a sports club.