Young Black Cats link up with Bidvest Boys

by Sunderland AFC

Under-16s visit club partner outfit.

Sunderland's under-16 team linked up with club partner Bidvest Wits academy in South Africa, as the partnership continues to go from strength to strength.

The young Black Cats, who are in South Africa this week competing in the Future Champions Cup, met with The Students under-19 team, where they participated in a joint training session ran by SAFC academy coach Stuart Brightwell.

Both groups of players joined in the light training session before the Bidvest Boys were put through their paces as Sunderland rested ahead of their match in the Future Champions Cup later that day.

Stuart said: “The response from the Bidvest boys has been fantastic, they have shown a real appetite for learning and adapted very well to the sessions. They are technically very good and the set up at Bidvest Wits will allow them to progress to be the best they can be. “

The partnership between the two club’s has been a great success to date, with Sunderland sharing coaching methodologies as well as the transfer of skills through on the ground ‘coach the coaches’ clinics.

Head of international football development at SAFC, Graham Robinson said: “It is always a pleasure to come back to South Africa as I know what talent and ability there is here. The Sunderland partnership is all about supporting the development at Bidvest Wits and you can really start to see the improvements from the partnership.

“We try to come out four times a year and within that time we help the club with their coaching techniques, training plans and player development.”

The training session held at Bidvest Wits first team pitch is one of a number of coaching sessions that SAFC have been leading on this week as the club continues to have a foothold in the local communities they are working in.