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.
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.
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