PSL stars shine even brighter as they graduate from Player Transition Programme

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PSL stars shine even brighter as they graduate from Player Transition Programme

PSL stars shine even brighter as they graduate from Player Transition Programme

Today marks a significant milestone as PSL football players celebrate their graduation from the PSL Player Transition Programme, a collaborative initiative between the Premier Soccer League (PSL) and MultiChoice. These graduates are now equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to carve out successful futures beyond the football pitch.

Launched in 2022, the PSL Player Transition Programme was designed to empower football players to thrive beyond their playing careers. Addressing the longstanding concern of financial insecurity among retiring footballers, this initiative equips players with essential skills for managing finances effectively and transitioning smoothly into new careers.

Dr. Irvin Khoza, Chairman of the PSL, expressed his pride in the achievements of the players, stating, "Today, we celebrate not just the graduation of these players, but the empowerment of a generation of future leaders. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to our esteemed partners, MultiChoice, whose unwavering support has been instrumental in bringing this vision to fruition. This collaboration underscores our collective commitment to the holistic development and well-being of our players, ensuring that they are not only successful footballers but also empowered individuals ready to thrive in diverse career paths beyond football."

Despite starting their careers as early as 8 years old, the average football player's career is relatively short-lived, typically lasting until the age of 35. This year, the Programme catered to players between the ages of 19 and 38, as well as those at the onset of their football journeys. The teams were represented by a seasoned player and a newcomer, some of whom have just graduated from the DStv Diski Challenge and been promoted to the Professional league.

The footballers graduate with a qualification from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), the educational partner for the PSL Player Transition Programme. This comprehensive curriculum covers business fundamentals, information technology, financial management, and leadership skills.

The Programme equips the players with valuable life skills, educational opportunities, and career guidance that extend beyond their athletic abilities. By broadening their knowledge and nurturing personal growth, footballers are poised to transition into roles such as coaches, analysts, administrators, or ambassadors for the sport, including venturing into business.

This holistic approach not only secures the players' future prospects but also ensures that their wealth of experience and expertise continues to enrich the world of football.

Rendani Ramovha, CEO of SuperSport, highlighted the company's commitment to local football through its partnership with the PSL. He emphasised, "The PSL Player Transition Programme deepens our commitment to help grow local football and sports in SA and the rest of Africa. By investing in players' personal growth and education, we aim to ensure that athletes are well-prepared for the challenges beyond their playing careers.”

Ramovha concluded: “As a former sportsperson, I understand first-hand the need to prepare oneself for life after the game. The success of the Programme is therefore a testament to the collective efforts of the PSL, MultiChoice, and all stakeholders involved in empowering football players for a brighter future beyond the pitch."



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