The National, Wednesday October 30th, 2013
MORE than 100 children have shown interest in joining national soccer league champions Hekari United’s development programme.
With the successful start of the programme last year, children as young as five-years-old will take part this year.
They will join others up to 15-years-old in taking part in soccer drills – from passing to shooting and dribbling skills – with Solomon Islands beach soccer coach Jerry Sam.
Sam will be helped by Hekari United players, who will supervise games as part of the programme.
The programme is spearheaded by Hekari United manageress Vonnie Kapi Natto. She said she had come to realise the importance of preparing raw talent at an early stage so they could excel in the game and become good citizens.
With her experience, managing the national soccer champions who have been unbeaten in eight years, Kapi Natto knows today’s players will one day step down and the club needs to recruit new players.
As a result, she has been working to develop young players with some pioneer school of excellence children now taking part in the National Capital District Public Servants Soccer Association youth division.
She is calling on parents with children aged 5-15 years to bring them and be part of the programme at no cost.