Sun­der­land, Stand United ce­ment re­la­tion­ship

The African - - POT POURRI -

ENGLISH Premier­ship side Sun­der­land AFC pop­u­larly known as The Black Cats have fur­ther ce­mented its com­mit­ment to im­prov­ing the de­vel­op­ment of foot­ball in Africa fol­low­ing the club’s re­cent visit to Tan­za­nia.

The club’s Head of In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball De­vel­op­ment, Gra­ham Robin­son, met with Main­land Pre­mier League side Stand United and their head coach, Pa­trick Liewig, to dis­cuss youth de­vel­op­ment.

Liewig, who pre­vi­ously worked as Paris Sain­tGer­main FC’s Acad­emy Man­ager, work­ing with the club’s U16s, U21s and re­serve team, spoke with Gra­ham about how work­ing to­gether the two clubs can help de­velop the ta­lent of home grown play­ers from across the var­i­ous min­ing sites, which works well with the club’s foot­ball part­ner­ship with Aca­cia Min­ing.

The foot­ball part­ner­ship with Aca­cia sees SAFC work with lo­cal schools and foot­ball clubs in the Ka­hama and Tarime dis­tricts of North West Tan­za­nia, de­liv­er­ing Aca­cia’s Maen­deleo Fund ded­i­cated CSR pro­grammes.

As part of the part­ner­ship, Sun­der­land has been work­ing with a num­ber of dif­fer­ent am­a­teur foot­ball clubs in re­cent weeks to par­tic­i­pate in a unique com­pe­ti­tion that will see rep­re­sen­ta­tives from one of the clubs visit Sun­der­land and par­take in a week-long knowl­edge shar­ing tour.

“It was great to meet Pa­trick and hear more about his phi­los­o­phy at Stand United, he has a great pedi­gree in nur­tur­ing young ta­lent and for Sun­der­land to be able to help de­velop that through its part­ner­ship with Aca­cia will hope­fully see a new era in foot­ball in Tan­za­nia,” said Gra­ham.

“They are look­ing at the de­vel­op­ment of satel­lite acad­e­mies across the re­gion as well as iden­ti­fy­ing play­ers and coaches that would form part of these acad­e­mies. It is all very ex­cit­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved and sits per­fectly with the sup­port and guid­ance we are al­ready of­fer­ing am­a­teur clubs as part of the club’s foot­ball part­ner­ship with Aca­cia.”

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