Direkteur van Sokker | Director of Soccer
Inligting | Information
Coaches and players work consistently to provide the boys with an identity as a Grey College student and to holistically develop them into strong young men both on and off the field.
Football skills have also been improved on the field as this is vital to the growth of Grey College Football. Having to compete against very good football schools in the Bloemfontein Region, Free State province & traveling to compete in different provinces in South Africa.
The home of Grey College Football, Windmill Park, has been renovated and the clubhouse looks great together with new change rooms and a football office.
Uitslae | Results
The year 2020 could have been a great year for Grey College Football as we have made history to be included in a major national 32 Club u/19 football tournament played over the Easter Holidays in Cape Town over six days. Our 1st team was also invited to the Bayhill Tournament which is an annual junior event with professional clubs from the Premier Soccer League (PSL). We were drawn in Group D with Kaizer Chiefs, Juventus AFC, Rebels FC and Grey College making up the group. However, due to the national Covid-19 pandemic, the major prestigious football tournaments we traditionally participate in namely the Bayhill Tournament, The Wynberg Festival, St David’s and the Grey College Nedbank Tournaments all had to be cancelled.
Another chapter is also coming to an end as our current 1st team which consisted mostly of players who attended Grey College from Primary- to Secondary School is matriculating in 2020. This implies that we will have to start the rebuilding process of establishing another 1st team with the potential to be ranked amongst the best in the country. The following players have played an integral part in the team’s success during the past number of seasons: Nelson Balipile (1st team captain 2020), Henka Scheepers, Lesedi Mokwena, Bradey Bagarette, Tlotlo Hlaheng, Reagan Botha, Lutho Maneli, Nthobeko Siyali, Katleho Motaung, Thuto Makola and Kananelo Reletooane. These were some of the players who won the MacDonald’s u/14 National Tournament in 2016 and the majority of them were part of the team that won the 2019 Grey College Nedbank Tournament for the first time in 12 years.
Another historic moment for Grey College Football in 2020 is that FIFA (World Football Governing Body) approved Grey College as a Centre of Excellence for our football programme in developing kids playing football. FIFA have contacted the school through a company called Double Pass from Belgium that assesses and advises football clubs, federations and leagues on optimising their talent development. Grey College was chosen as one of 13 academies across South Africa to have this programme established in our school which will not only benefit Grey College but the whole of the Free State Province.
Despite the disruptions of Covid-19 and our country being on national lockdown with no school sports taking place since March 2020, we still managed to develop football at the school. Our football programme started off in February with pre-season training although we didn’t play any games or participate in tournaments during this time. Hopefully this preparation will bear fruit once the 2021 season resumes.