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The Shield Ultimate Football Player Experience

 

Following two successful years, Shield is on the move again with the 3rd season of Shield Sbonis’iDiski and this year they’re going even bigger. In 2019, aspiring football players from across South Africa will have the chance to catch the eye of an expanded group of superpower partners from South Africa and Europe and unlock the life-changing opportunity to sign a professional contract with the Orlando Pirates MDC team.

 

The Ultimate Partners

In addition to our continued partnership with Chelsea FC and Orlando Pirates FC, European superpowers Manchester City are joining the Shield Sbonis’iDiski program, providing even more exposure and opportunity for our players on the biggest stages of the beautiful game. With our players working so hard to succeed on the pitch, Shield is committed to working just as hard to provide the exposure and opportunities that can change a player’s life forever.

“As a brand, we are about movement. You move every day, you move to play sport, you move to get ahead in life. Shield gives you the confidence to do this. Bringing new partners on board is a natural progression for the Shield Sbonis’iDiski journey as we begin Year 3. Through these partnerships, we want to unlock opportunities for South Africans for them to hopefully go on to become professional footballers. The exposure to global and local teams gives you experience that is not always possible. Go on… make your move!” - Shield SA Senior Brand Manager, Gareth Marshall.

 

The Shield Ultimate Football Player Experience

To provide exposure and opportunity to as many aspiring players as possible this year, Shield Sbonis’iDiski will launch with a national scouting program. Players from all corners of South Africa will have the chance to secure their place on the Shield Sbonis’iDiski programme, travel to England to train with Chelsea club coaches and, for one player, prove that they are the Shield Ultimate Player and earn themselves an MDC contract with South African super-club Orlando Pirates.

Ready to make your move? Here is everything you need to know:

 

The Ultimate Coaches

The Shield Coaching Team will consist of local & international coaches as well as analysts of specifically selected coaches across the country, who are heavily involved in football in their province, with ties to clubs, schools and development programs within their community.

The Shield Coaching Committee in each region will be visited by Shield and Orlando Pirates FC coaches. They will give assistance and advice on drills and various coaching methods to help scout the top talent in South Africa.

 

Scouting Clinics

Each member of the National Shield Coaching Committee will be responsible for scouting players from around their province and inviting them to regional Shield Football Clinics. With the assistance of the Shield Head Coaches, this committee will select the best player from their clinics and put them forward for Finals Week in Gauteng.

With coaches in each province, this is a genuine national scouting process and will give players from across the country the chance to prove they have what it takes to survive the Ultimate Test and emerge as Shield’s Ultimate Player for 2019.

To provide exposure and opportunity to as many aspiring players as possible this year, Shield Sbonis’iDiski will launch with a national scouting program. Players from all corners of South Africa will have the chance to secure their place on the Shield Sbonis’iDiski programme, travel to England to train with Chelsea club coaches and, for one player, prove that they are the Shield Ultimate Player and earn themselves an MDC contract with South African super-club Orlando Pirates.

Ready to make your move? Here is everything you need to know:

How to take part:

To enter Shield’s Ultimate Player trials:

  1.  Go to or contact one of the football clubs listed below that is in your area to find out on what days Shield training sessions are being held 
  2.  Attend a training session (bring your ID book with you) and fill out the player registration forms 
  3.  Keep attending the training sessions throughout May and June and if you impress the coaches, you could be selected to attend the Shield Sbonis’iDiski Finals week held at the end of July

FREE STATE

  • Bloemfontein
    Life Style Foundation: 17191 Tau Street, Bloemanda, Bloemfontein.
    Morena Ramoreboli* - 082 047 2444
  • Kroonstad
    United Killers
    Rekgotsofetse Modiko - 076 486 8621
  • Willows
    HTS Louis Botha (School): 01 Victoria Road, Willows, Bloemfontein
    Mncedisi Ngomba - 084 286 8514

WESTERN CAPE

  • Cape Town (Ocean View)
    Ocean View FC: Ocean View Sports Complex, Milky Way, Ocean View
    Bradley Lyle Barnes - 082 726 9342

EASTERN CAPE:

  • Ekuphumleni Township
    Young Chiefs: 2219 Dingaan Street, Ekuphumleni Township
    Sandile Kom - 083 946 7116
  • Port Elizabeth
    Despatch Pioneers: 20 Siphiwo Vengane Khayamndeni, Despatch
    Mzoli Foster - 073 653 8873

GAUTENG:

  • Alberton
    Alberton FC: Braun Street Verwoerd Park
    Xolani Moshuge - 083 498 7036
  • Heidelberg
    Remember FC: Ratanda Sport ground, Heidelberg Road
    Mphikeleli Mnguni - 083 438 6670
  • JHB
    Johannesburg Central: Marks Park,Judith Road, Johannesburg.
    Seth Moloi - 082 258 5219
  • Johannesburg Central
    Haricanes FC: Wits University, Braamfontein Campus, Big Field
    Siphesihle Ngalman - 061 022 3303
  • Pretoria
    Shugela Foundation( Maboloka Football grounds): Maboloka, Brits, 0197
    Nkosana Qaba - 083 987 8028
  • Thembisa
    Bizza Foundation: Sedibeng Park, Tembisa
    Tebogo Mathebula - 062 528 5056
  • Soweto
    White City Spurs, 76 B Skhakhane street, White City Jabavu
    Andile Zulu - 071 833 1997

KZN:

  • Klaar Water
    Future Stars Sports Academy: 74 Nyathi Avenue, Link Area, St Wendonils
  • Pinetown
    Illovo Foundation: Hiddingson Highway, Savanna Park High School
    Bheki Mangele - 083 925 3532
  • Maphumulo
    Maphumulo Football Academy Woza Area, Ngodi Road, T 711, Maphumulo
    Vusi Nsele - 078 544 4844

LIMPOPO:

  • Jane Furse
    Tups Sports City: 001, Reletsebe Street, Marulaneng
    Puleng Mmotla - 076 360 2091
  • Polokwane
    University Limpopo: R71 Tzaneen Road and University Street Mankweng Township, Polokwane
    Strata Dlamini - 083 332 5352
  • Polokwane
    FC 104 (University of Limpopo soccer field): R71 Tzaneen Road and University Street,
    Mankweng Township, Polokwane
    Samuel Letsoalo - 072 171 2454

MPUMALANGA:

  • Witbank
    Makua Foundation: Physical Address:4248 Nyembezi Street, Ackerville
    Frank Makua - 071 249 4617

NORTHERN CAPE:

  • Kimberley
    Sol Plaatje University: Chapel and Bultfontein road, Civic Centre, Kimberley
    Bongani Dondolo - 076 219 8876
  • Kuruman
    Bombers Foundation
    Robert Leboko - 079 730 0062
  • Kuruman
    Kuruman Oasis Academy
    Oratile Mogweng - 064 750 4586
  • Kuruman
    Black Conscience FC
    Nametso Mokheleng - 082 640 9156

NORTH WEST:

  • Lethlabile
    Lethlabile Academy: Zone 2 Stadium, Phaphamang street
    Frans Tsholo - 078 291 0665
  • Brits
    Brits Soccer Academy: Brits sports ground, Hendrick Verwoerd Avenue
    Tshiamo Ramalepa - 072 459 7929
  • Madibeng
    Future Stars
    William Ngwari - 071 573 4811

Finals Week and Training With Chelsea

Between April and June of 2019, the top 30 players from around the country will be put to the test under the watchful eye of Shield Head Coaches, Chelsea FC coaches and Orlando Pirates FC coaches. A match against the Orlando Pirates team will be the final challenge before our coaches select the top three players to join the Shield Africa XV and travel to England to train with Chelsea.

 

The Prizes: Train with Chelsea

The three players selected from Shield Finals Week will travel to England to train at Cobham Training Ground in Chelsea under the supervision of qualified Chelsea coaching staff. In the end, one player will emerge as the Shield Ultimate Player for 2019.

The prize includes return flights from a South African International airport to London Heathrow; transfers from London Heathrow airport to the hotel on arrival and back to the airport on the day of departure; 3-night stay in a standard room at 3-star hotel selected by Shield and spending money.

 

The Prizes: Orlando Pirates Football Club Development Team Contract

The Shield Ultimate Player for 2019 will receive a one-year signed contract to play for the Orlando Pirates Development team for the 2019/20 football season.

A player’s preparation, confidence, dedication and hard work to succeed are the same values that drive Shield to continue pushing the needle of South Africa soccer development forward.

 

The Ultimate Protection When You Move

Shield is all about movement and innovation and believes that the more you move, the more you live. As South Africa’s No.1 selling anti-perspirant*, Shield’s promise is to bring you the best products to keep you protected against wetness and odour, giving you the Ultimate Protection When You Move.

 

Terms and Conditions

Winners are required to be 18 years and older to qualify. Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found at Ultimate Player Experience T&C's

If you’re not a player but are passionate about soccer, you also have a chance to be part of the Shield Ultimate Fan Experience

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