Highlands & Islands

South African teenagers given SFA training

Teenagers from a sprawling South African township are in the Highlands to gain Scottish Football Association (SFA) qualifications.

The visit from an area of Johannesburg is part of a twinning arrangement with Charleston Academy in Inverness and sponsored by the British Council.

The pupils and three staff are from J E Malepe Secondary School in Tsakane.

Boys in the group have been receiving coaching at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall.

The group's girls are attending dance classes at Inverness's Eden Court Theatre.

Charleston Academy teacher Alex Mezals said: "The South African pupils don't really do PE as part of their normal school day, so gaining the SFA qualifications will allow them to help out at after school clubs and share their passion for football."

Teenager Kamogelo Mitshalli added: "We don't really have any experience in coaching, we have just grown up playing soccer from when we were little.

"We will teach what we learn here. We've come here to learn a bit more about the life skills of soccer and not just the playing of it."

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