Michele du Plessis
In February, Allister Gulston participated in the soccer trials held at the Kaizer Chiefs Village for possible selection and inclusion in the under 13 soccer team.
The Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Academy is a programme that is free of charge for all players across the different age groups. They currently have five age-groups namely our under-13, under-15, under-17, under-19 and the reserve team.
“Our responsibility as a football club is to set and maintain a standard of excellence at the training grounds. We expect extremely high standards of our players, and we expect them to understand that their development starts every day that they walk through the gates of the KC Village.
The KC development houses some of its players at the state of the art KC Village in Naturena where players are under the tutelage of house fathers and mothers. The academy team does not hold open trials as most of our players are scouting around the country, and then invited for further assessment.”
“He underwent assessment and training for two and a half weeks. Within a month the family received the good news that he had made it into the under 13 development team. Every holiday he will play for the team until the end of the year,” F.C Fraser said.
“Academy players train 3- 5 days a week, with one game per week. The focus of the players’ development is the training that occurs throughout the week, as they train to develop as players, not in preparation for their next game. KC players train in training groups. Training groups are not organized by the year of birth, but by the players’ needs and skills level.”
Allister is currently in Grade 4 at Woodlands School and is one of the best players in the senior soccer team. His goal is to play for the South African under 15 team. The support from his parents motivates him to work hard. Woodlands is proud to have produced one of the country’s promising soccer player.
Information from Kaizer Chiefs webpage and Woodlands School.