South African youth football project announces link up with Celtic

By David Walton

April 5, 2022

South African youth football club Transition Football have announced a partnership with Celtic.

The Johannesburg-based club has stated on their official Facebook page that the new relationship will involve sending players and coaches to Scotland in order to learn from the Hoops’ methods.

The agreement will also see Celtic coaches travel to the South African club’s base to help coach and develop their own players.

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Transition Football claim their goal from the partnership is to improve their players and to provide a better training environment for their young talents.

Transition Football are a club that dedicate their mission to coaching young talents aged from 6 up to 20. They state that their goal is to help youth talents towards a professional career whether that be in the form of a professional contract or scholarships.

And it looks as though Celtic are prepared to get involved and help bolster their experience of elite coaching methods.

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Celtic team up with Transition Football to help bolster their coaching methods

The South Africa-based youth football project has already snapped images on their Facebook of some of their coaches and Director Claudio Rivo Lorenzani at Celtic Park.

It should prove to be a hugely beneficial partnership for Transition. And for Celtic it gives us a bit of a footing in South Africa, a market we haven’t seriously seemed to look at in the past.

Expanding the reach of the club is always a boost of course. As is the potential learning development for our own coaches in heading overseas and looking to bring on younger talent.

Lorenzani has already commented on the partnership and stated that it came about when he was studying his UEFA B license in Scotland. As quoted by Soccer Laduma, Lorenzani said: “We always give our players, parents and coaches the best environment to succeed and looking for different means and measures to get these players these opportunities. So, I was doing my Scottish UEFA B license and I was fortunate to be in Scotland where I spent six months

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“I did a bit of mentoring with some of the coaches there and we discussed these kinds of partnerships and the biggest thing for the partnership is not only player development but also coach development because the biggest thing we fail with is not developing and equipping our coaches and that’s the problem with sustainability of producing players.

“We looked at all the different options of getting something ideally like this and we have fallen into the right hands by being with one of the biggest clubs in Europe, which is Celtic, and the relationship will entail players coming to Scotland, coaches coming from Scotland to South Africa and also coach’s education where we will be working very closely with the academy to see how they do things.”

Hopefully, it proves to be a successful partnership with both clubs getting what they want out of it.

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