Vi­bra­tion equip­ment for soc­cer academy

Eyethu Baywatch - - SPORT • EZEMIDLALO - Larry Bent­ley

A PROM­ISE made in Au­gust was re­cently filled when the Football for Life project at Mpukony­oni, north of Mtu­batuba, took de­liv­ery of two Power Plate units to sup­port the broad range sport­ing and life­style pro­gramme run by Swedish trainer, Anna Ny­man.

The do­na­tion was part of the legacy pro­gramme that stemmed from the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Elite Sport held in Dur­ban dur­ing Au­gust.

Global vi­bra­tion tech­nol­ogy lead­ers, Power Plate, un­der­took to do­nate state-of-the-art equip­ment to sport High Per­for­mance Cen­tres in Mtu­batuba and New­cas­tle.

Ny­man, through the Football for Life pro­gramme, sup­ports a large net­work of local youths with sweep­ing sport con­di­tion­ing, life­style, em­pow­er­ment, and well­ness pro­grammes.

‘The Power Plate is quite new to me and we are us­ing the ma­chine for in­jury preven­tion for the play­ers, through warm up and core sta­bil­ity ex­er­cises.

‘The team is very ex­cited to be us­ing the ma­chine and I am sure we will see the ben­e­fits of it in the not too dis­tant fu­ture,’ said Ny­man.

Power Plate representative Erica Min­ter said the legacy pro­gramme was a key com­po­nent of reach­ing into dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties in ter­ri­to­ries where ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy for elite sport de­vel­op­ment was not af­ford­able or eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

‘We have a great part­ner­ship in place with the local govern­ment and the Prime Sport De­vel­op­ment Trust to en­sure that the ma­chines are used op­ti­mally to help young ath­letes achieve their full po­ten­tial,’ said Min­ter.

Football for Life Pro­gramme Man­ager Anna Ny­man, Power Plate Representative Erica Min­ter, Com­pe­ti­tion Di­rec­tor at SAFA Nathi Mthethwa, Di­rec­tor of Prime HPI Bren­don Good­e­nough, Coun­cil­lor Bukhosini, Jay Man­nikam, Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor in the re­gion for SAFA John­son Mpanza at the Power Plate Legacy han­dover at the Football for Life Academy in Mtu­batuba

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