About 160 aspiring footballers pitched for the first LaLiga camp in Johannesburg this week.
The event kicked off on Monday and will finish on Sunday, with coaching clinics at St Stithians College in Bryanston, Johannesburg. The camps are a partnership between LaLiga and international youth football tournament IberCup.
They are facilitated and run by Spanish-based LaLiga Uefa Pro licenced coaches Toni Alvarez and Luis Martinez, along with top IberCup coaches.
The organisers said more than 2 500 requests were received for spots at the camps, but they could only accommodate 160 boys and girls due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The camp, which has a special focus on developing youth football, provided opportunities for youngsters who would not ordinarily have access to such sports development opportunities.
“We are extremely proud to have so successfully hosted the very first LaLiga camps in South Africa. The camps have exceeded our expectations and we want to thank the 160 boys and girls who have attended and so enthusiastically participated in the camps this week,” said managing director of LaLiga Southern Africa Marcos Pelegrin.
“For LaLiga, of course our objective is to grow the Spanish league in African, and to grow the fan base of lovers of LaLiga. But equally importantly, it is to roll up our sleeves and tangibly and constructively contribute to the growth and development of football in this region. These camps are another important step in LaLiga’s mission to share knowledge and expertise for the benefit and development of South African football. The camps have helped teach youngsters the philosophy of Spanish football, while also sharing the sport’s intrinsic values that will lead them to become better footballers and better people as well,” Pelegrin added.