The SAFA/Transnet Football School of Excellence strives only to accept the most talented players into the School, as space is limited.

The School works on a sports bursary sponsored by Transnet and covers, academics, football and residential costs.

Enrolment and acceptance are conducted via trials. The date of the trials will be announced on the website.


Trial Date

We are conducting trial for players between 12 and 13 years old on the 20 January 2018 in Nelspruit.

The SAFA/Transnet football School of Excellence will be hosting trials on the following dates:

20 January 2018


Participants must be highly active in football and, the following will be an advantage; national-/-provicial-/-academy level.

Players eligible to participate must have the following:

12-13 years old

Currently in Grade 7

Highly active in football

National, provincial or academy level will be an advantage.


The trials will be hosted in Nelspruit

How the Process Works


Attend Trials

Dates and locations of the trials will be posted on the website. Trials are free. You need to meet the requirements that are posted with the trial dates and locations.

1: Trials

Preliminary Round

If you are selected after the trials, you will be invited to attend the preliminary round. Here you will be further assessed.

2: Preliminaries

10-day National Camp

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to attend a 10-day national camp. Assessment would include not only your football skills but also you character, academic achievements, behaviour and work ethic.

3: National camp

Join the School

Selected learners will be invited to join the school.

4: Selection