Register Login Scores


Chelsea Partner With Shield To Develop Talent In SA

Newly crowned Premier League champions Chelsea have joined forces with Shield South Africa to give youngsters in Mzansi the opportunity of a lifetime.

How You Can Win With Shield & Chelsea!

Aspiring footballers from across South Africa can win a chance to participate in nationwide trials conducted by Chelsea coaching staff, with five heats taking place in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and Durban. 

One hundred winners per region will be selected to then go into a knockout stage, which will also been shown on SABC's famous football show SoccerZone. A panel will then select the winner, who is in for a trip of a lifetime to train with Chelsea's first team stars.

Soccer Laduma's Joe Crann was one of a selected few journalists who were invited to Chelsea's training ground, and experienced what the lucky winner can expect.

"I was lucky enough to head through to Chelsea's training ground Cobham to have a little look at what was going on there, and to be honest, I was blown away," Crann said.

"Myself and some colleagues were put through our paces a little bit by some of the club's youth coaches, and it was amazing to – at least try to – show off my skills on a field that, on a normal day, hosts guys like Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.

"Whether you're a genuine talent who wants an opportunity to shine or just a failed footballer like myself who wants to experience an afternoon of what life as a pro could be like, it's incredible.

"Literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. No money can buy you that sort of experience."

Meanwhile, Gareth Marshall, the senior brand manager of Shield South Africa, explained what's in store, saying: "It's not about two logos coming together. It's about really looking for that talent in South Africa.

"We have a lot of hidden talent that doesn't often get these opportunities, and it's fantastic that Chelsea are offering us the chance to come and be here."

He also explained that a second winner – boy or girl, old or young – can also win trip of a lifetime and rub shoulders with the likes of Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Antonio Conte, while watching a first team training.

"One of the best aspects of this campaign is that it is completely inclusive. It's open to both guys and girls, and there's no age limit on who can enter. They're even giving spending money to the winners!" Marshall added.

The competition will run from 15 May to 30 September, and Soccer Laduma will reveal all details as to how you can participate to win this trip of a lifetime.

Griezmann: Why I'm Ready To Leave Atletico

Benfica Lead Race For R52m Bafana Star

Gallery: Chelsea Lift League Title As Emotional Terry Bids Far...


Top 5

Khune In Bafana's 26-man Squad For Ghana & Sudan

225 Mar 04, 2021 12:02 PM in Bafana

Pirates’ First CAF Group Match Venue Confirmed   

7 Mar 04, 2021 08:57 AM in Orlando Pirates

Gallery: Shocking State Of Iconic International Stadiums

7 Feb 28, 2021 05:28 PM in World News

Swallows Take Decision On Chiefs Target

50 Mar 04, 2021 12:53 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Chiefs In Talks To Sign Swallows Star

69 Feb 28, 2021 09:01 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Gallery: Shocking State Of Iconic International Stadiums

7 Feb 28, 2021 05:28 PM in World News

Man Of The Hour – Peep Makaringe’s German Ride Flexes

1 Mar 03, 2021 12:13 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Money Matters – The Most Economic Rides In The PSL

Mar 03, 2021 02:57 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Disgruntled Man Utd Star To Pick African Nation Over England

8 Mar 01, 2021 08:32 PM in English Premier League

20 Players Who Left Downs To Play Abroad

8 Mar 04, 2021 08:00 AM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Big Name PSL Players With Contracts Expiring

24 Mar 04, 2021 07:21 AM in PSL

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Ivorian Striker To Force Exit, Pirates Move Pending?

17 Mar 04, 2021 10:23 AM in Orlando Pirates