Kick4Life kids off to the US

Kick4Life kids off to the US

MASERU – Kick4Life Academy students, Bataung Molefi and Bakuena Ramakatsa, are set to jet off to Washington DC in the United States of America to attend an intensive academic camp that will last for four weeks. Both players have expressed their excitement at being given an opportunity to attend football camps in America.
They will spend four weeks going through intense camping at the Calverton School and DC United Residential Academy in Washington DC.
The link was established through Rhett Power, formerly Lesotho’s Country Director at Kick4Life, who is now based in the US capital.

Molefi and Ramakatsa were selected for the prestigious opportunity after being the highest badge winners in 2017, the inaugural year of the Kick4Life Academy.
According to Kick4Life, the duo consistently performed well and engaged excellently in all areas of the academy programme, specifically character development, academics and football.
“It’s another journey, a new challenge that I am ready for,” Ramakatsa said.

“Fortunately, at the moment in the academy we are being shaped in the right path in terms of performing well on the pitch, staying focused in our academics and understanding that our actions do affect not only us but also those around us,” he added.
According to Kick4Life Academy director, Lepekola Seetane, the academy has three key components it looks to when selecting players, namely character, development and education.
He said Kick4Life Academy players are reviewed on a monthly basis and given marks based on those three categories.

“This helps us to keep track of the top performing students and when opportunities like this arrive we pick from the top performers,” Seetane said.
“I am hopeful that this will encourage more of our academy students to envision themselves abroad and to continue to work hard both in the classroom and in football.”
Seetane said the first week of Molefi and Ramakatsa’s visit in the US will be an academic assessment while in the second week they will engage in exchange programmes and explore Washington including going to see the White House.

The third week will see Molefi and Ramakatsa move to a football camp at DC United Football Club, who recently signed former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney, before the pair makes their way back to Lesotho in the fourth week. The Kick4Life Academy, the first-ever initiative of its kind in Lesotho, was launched in January last year with an initial intake of 11 boys aged between 12 and 14 years.

The boys were based at a house near the Kick4Life Centre in Old Europa and received high-level football coaching as well as attending Thetsane High School where secondary school scholarships were secured by Kick4Life. “At the academy we do not want to limit players to positions because we want them to experiment and play anywhere on the pitch,” Seetane said.

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