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PSL partners with GIBS to help players transition to life after football

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) and MultiChoice have officially launched the Player Transition Programme at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) on Monday in Johannesburg.

The initiative is designed to assist professional footballers after their retirement as a considerable number of players in South Africa retire poor or with no retirement plans, which subsequently leads to their bankruptcy after football.

According to the PSL, 64 players have been enrolled for the six-month course by GIBS to equip and empower footballers with the necessary knowledge and skills to find careers off the field after they retire.

In a statement, the PSL stated that the players will be introduced to the programme over the next two days by GIBS faculty.

“The course will run virtually for six months and will involve a learning environment that considers the demands of the training and competition schedule of the players. It will include four core modules and two electives.”

Khoza added that the players will leave the course equipped and qualified to use their football experience in other fields of the market, economy and society.

“The field of play is the best place to start a career. It involves implementation of strategies in competitive and stressful circumstances. The visibility that the players receive whilst playing in the PSL gives them a head start”, said the PSL chairman.

“GIBS brings about the formal part that reorientates the player and the public from viewing the player through the singular lens of football.”

Collen Dlamini, Corporate Affairs Group Executive at MultiChoice, added: We are excited about this programme. We believe these players will benefit immensely from the programme, and the skills they learn will serve them well into the future after football.

“GIBS is a globally renowned institution with extensive experience in Training and Development to provide world-class learning content for this programme”, concluded Dlamini.

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