Five young soccer players from Port Elizabeth will soon jet off to Germany with the opportunity of a lifetime.
They players have been given full scholarships to further develop their soccer potential in Germany in 2019.
This is the result of the work done by a local soccer academy in Nelson Mandela Bay. It was established eight years ago with 15 players.
Currently, more than 100 players are groomed at the Pro Skills Professional Soccer Academy.
The 11-year-old Keandre Adams is one of the players heading to Germany.
However, the soccer academy caters for soccer players as young as 8 years old.
The academy is the brainchild of Marc Manuel. It is situated in the northern areas of Port Elizabeth and aims to get kids away from drugs and alcohol.
Manuel, who holds a UEFA code B licence, says they want to create opportunities for youngsters.
“In our areas throughout Port Elizabeth starting with northern areas, crime is escalating on a daily basis and we are trying to close the gap. We are telling the boys to take a different route in football. I want to create opportunities for youngsters at various pro clubs.”