- The days of top level football players in South Africa having no backup financially once their careers come to an end could be behind them
- The Premier Soccer League, MultiChoice and the Gordon Institute of Business Science have joined forces to initiate the PSL Player Transition Programme
- 64 players will partake in the first phase of the programme, empowering them with the necessary knowledge and skills to find careers off the field after they retire
Football players in the Premier Soccer League will be empowered to set themselves up for life after the game ends professionally.
The league together with broadcast company Multichoice launched the PSL Player Transition Programme today at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). The initiative was launched earlier today at MultiChoice's offices in Randburg, Johannesburg.
As stated by the PSL on its website, 64 current PSL players have been enrolled for the six-month course, specifically designed by GIBS to equip, and empower them with the necessary knowledge and skills to find careers off the field after they retire.
League chairman Irvin Khoza said:
“The field of play is the best place to start a career. It involves implementation of strategies in competitive and stressful circumstances. The visibility that the players receive whilst playing in the PSL gives them a head start.
“GIBS brings about the formal part that re-orientates the player and the public from viewing the player through the singular lens of football. The players will leave the course equipped and qualified to use their football experience in other fields of the market, economy and society”.
Corporate affairs group executive at MultiChoice Collen Dlamini told its website:
“We are excited about this programme. We believe these players will benefit immensely from the programme and the skills they learn will serve them well into the future after football.
"GIBS is a globally renowned institution with extensive experience in Training and Development to provide world-class learning content for this programme"