Ajax Cape Town set up Ajax Lambda Institute to prepare players for Europe
Posted: 22 February 2018 Time: 08:20
Ajax Cape Town have set up the Ajax Lambda Institute (ALI) to nurture and prepare young African talent for the top European leagues.
Once fully operational, Ajax aim to annually promote at least two to three players for the European market [preferably for Ajax Amsterdam] and four to five players for the club's first team.
The programme was launched in January this year, with Aden Dreyer, Andrew Fortune, Bongolwethu Siyasi, Cade Erickson, Kegan Johannes, Luca Diana-Oliaro and Patrick Fisher forming the first intake of aspiring footballers.
Ajax detailed their plans for ALI in a press release, part of which reads: 'a. Initially, 30 footballers (increasing to 50 on completion of phase 2), predominantly between the ages of 14 and 18, are to be selected on a very rigorous process by a very strict selection criteria so as to be accepted in the AJAX LAMBDA INSTITUTE program. It is suggested that in the first couple of years, the initial intake will be limited to 15-20 footballers so at ensure the success of the venture. Some of the critical criteria in selecting the intake will not be compromised in any way whatsoever, will include but obviously not be limited to the footballers;
i. Natural Talent
ii. Physical attributes ie. speed, body structure
iii. Mental Capacity
This will ensure that the success rate is high and failure is minimised
'b. The footballers will be housed at a specially designed facility at IKAMVA. Architectural plans have been produced in a manner that will allow for a phased development of the Institute. It is envisaged that phase 1 will allow for up to 30 footballers to be accommodated in phase 1 with a further phased development to allow for the increased numbers and additional facilities.
'c. The footballers will be housed at the specially designed facility from Sunday afternoon and will be released to their families straight after the weekly Saturday game.
'd. Their daily program (6am – 8pm), will prepare them for the world of professional football and will include;
i. in house schooling through our partnership with Generation Schools;
ii. increased coaching sessions;
iii. specialised training;
iv. physical training (gym);
v. leadership programmes by the Kate Jordan;
vi. life coaching (social program) with our in-house Life Coach and Chaplin Bruce Nadin;
'e. Timing of the AJAX LAMBDA INSTITUTE
The program has already begun since January this year even though the facilities will be completed in June this year. 7 future stars have been selected into the program and have commenced the program in January.'