NWU Vaal and Kaizer Chiefs celebrate unique partnership

Annette Willemse -- Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:25

NWU Vaal and Kaizer Chiefs celebrate unique partnership

Celebrations were at the order of the day when a delegation of the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) and the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club recently came together to commemorate their unique partnership.

The year 2014 is of great significant to both parties since Mr Kaizer Motaung; Kaizer Chiefs Chairman celebrated his 70th birthday whilst the North-West University is celebrating ten years since the merger and incorporation process in 2004.

Mr Ederick Stander (NWU Vaal Project Manager), Mr Warren Makgowe (NWU Vaal, Director Marketing and Communication), Prof Linda du Plessis (Vice-Rector), Mr Kaizer Motaung and Me Jessica Motaung (Kaizer Chiefs Football Club)

A delegation from the campus, consisting of Prof Linda du Plessis (Vice-Rector), Mr Ederick Stander (NWU Vaal Project Manager) and Mr Warren Makgowe (Director Marketing and Communication), presented Mr Motaung with a commemorative framed t-shirt that was signed by all the staff members – academic and support, of the campus.

“The handover of the signed t-shirt was a gesture of our partnership with Kaizer Chiefs,” said Stander and added that to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the NWU Vaal ten such t-shirts were produced to give out to major stakeholders like the Amakhosi.” According to Me Jessica Motaung, Amakhosi Marketing Director, the football club is very excited about the soon to be launched Kaizer Chiefs Innovation Centre on the Vaal Triangle Campus. “We value the University’s expertise and infrastructure support that enhances our youth development and the senior team”, says Motaung.

Prof Thanyani Mariba and Mr Kaizer Motaung The two entitities announced their partnership in 2013 Representatives from both entities pictured with some of the players

* More about the NWU Vaal and Kaizer Chiefs partnership

The campus and the football club announced their partnership formally at a media conference in October 2013. The partnership will see the university availing its expertise to benefit young talented footballers at the club’s Youth Academy in Johannesburg.  The Centre for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD) on the Vaal Triangle Campus will serve as the point of contact between the football club and experts across the university. The expertise will be specifically utilised to develop young football players in totality and therefore do not only include playing skills. The university will furthermore provide consultancy services and advice on a wide variety of topics. These include finance; nutrition; psychological preparation for high performance sport and physical conditioning. The footballers will be developed in academic and professional fields in order to prepare them for life after their professional football careers.

* More about the Innovation Centre

Another result of the collaboration between Kaizer Chiefs Football Club and the university is the Kaizer Chiefs Innovation Centre that will be vested on the Vaal Triangle Campus.  This centre – a first of its kind within the higher education sphere, will allow staff and students, as well as supporters from the local community, the opportunity to experience the total Kaizer Chiefs brand experience.  The centre consists of a two storey building. In the lower room, a wide range of Chiefs merchandise will be on sale, while the upper rooms will serve as office space where graduate students and academics can conduct research relevant to sport science and psychology.