Soccer


Overview


An Introduction:

Bishops introduces soccer – a pilot program.

Welcome to the Bishops Soccer web page. After what seems like a lot of anticipation, Bishops has introduced a pilot program for soccer as a winter team sport. Getting the program started has been a very interesting experience, with a huge number of keen players showing up at trials in order to showcase their skills.

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There is only one soccer team at junior level (u15) and one team at senior level (u19) – thus making the competition very tight. This also made the selection process a lot tougher for the coaches (two young soccer players, currently at UCT) and they had their work cut out for them when they had to select a squad (two teams) that is a third of the size of the group they started out with. The idea is to keep squads small and teams few, in order to refrain as much as possible from taking players away from major winter sports.

The core squad has been selected (two teams) and the teams have been entered in a friendly league, where players will have the chance to enjoy an injection of healthy competition and coaches are able to gauge more or less what standard of soccer the Bishops squad has to offer. It is clear that a lot of these young players are filled with passion and drive and all involved look forward to a positive start and season ahead.

Things to look forward to include a new kit (shirt) for the squad, a field (The Oaks) that has been marked out and made official with goals and some very exciting, and what will most certainly be challenging, fixtures.

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Vision

The vision of the Bishops soccer pilot program includes the following:

  • the introduction of soccer as a sport at the school for the first time;
  • to "get a feel" for the sport and see how many players would be interested in playing soccer as a winter team sport;
  • to create an encouraging and supportive platform for players, where they can feel that they are able to represent the school in the sport;

The main aim and focus at the moment is to get all systems up and running (including weekly fixtures) and to keep players excited, motivated and dedicated.

The number of talented young players is encouraging and this offers them the opportunity to represent their school in the sport that they love most. We look forward to seeing them play with pride and passion and be true ambassadors of both the school and sport.

Facilities & Coaching

The Oaks serves as the Bishops soccer pitch. We have two full-sized goals on the pitch as well as smaller goals used for training.

Most matches are played on Friday afternoons (U15’s and U19’s). Training occurs on the The Oaks on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Both teams are coached by OD’s who played soccer and are currently studying at UCT.