The StarTimes Bundesliga Football School was opened in Accra last Saturday at the Sukura Lord’s Wembley Park where 100 young footballers were taken through a training programme led by top German youth coaches. The young footballers, drawn across the country, comprised 25 girls, 25 under-12 boys, 25 under-15 and 25 under-17 boys completing the list.
Already in camp for the school, the youngsters practised different drills such as group techniques, individual techniques, and overall game-play and are expected to conclude the programme in five days. The coaches that led the session, comprised retired German women’s football great Renate Lingor, a two-time World and European Cup winner, Tobias Suveges of SV Werder Bremen, Arne Stratmann of TSG Hoffenheim, Bjoern Nass of Bayer 04 Leverkusen and head coach of the Bundesliga Football School, Birger J. Nass.
They were joined by renowned Ghanaian youth coaches such as Ghana U-15 head coach Samuel Boadu, Evans Augustine Adotey, head of the under-17 side, among others. Addressing the press at the opening, Birger Nass indicated that the youngsters would train two times daily over a 16-90 minutes duration a standard practice in the German youth game.
He was excited that the partnership offered them an opportunity to work with local trainers where they would exchange ideas about philosophies and the different approaches towards the youth game in both countries.
He said the partnership would also offer the fans an opportunity to experience how special German football was and why it was ranked about the top five leagues in the world. For her part, Head of Marketing at StarTimes, Akorfa Djankui, said being the sole broadcaster of the German Bundesliga in the sub-region, they deemed it a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to partner with the Deutsch Football League (DFL) to help develop the grassroots game in the country.