The camp has attracted 150 boys and girls from under-10 to under-17. The talent identification program provides an opportunity for exceptional talent to be selected to attend the world-class LaLiga academy in Spain. It will also open the way for special talents to find clubs in Europe.
The camp is funded by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. Last year, the camps made their South Africa debut in Johannesburg and Cape Town. It is run by LaLiga UEFA Pro Licenced coaches, assisted by four local coaches.
Saul Vazquez, the LaLiga Sports Projects specialist, who has worked elsewhere in Africa, will head the camp in KwaZulu-Natal. Young footballers will be given an insight into the tactical, technical, physical, and psychological aspects needed to perform at the highest level in world football.
The participating footballers will be drawn from local football clubs, in close partnership with SAFA KwaZulu-Natal. An important objective of the camps is to give disadvantaged youth from all over South Africa. These children would not ordinarily have access to the opportunity to be coached by highly qualified coaches.
Once the camp has been completed, there will be a coaching seminar for 30 coaches from the provincial SAFA.