Top African talent linking organisation World Wide Scholarships (WWS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Les Grobler as the new Technical Director of Soccer.
Grobler played professional football for Grinaker Rangers in 1996, joined Moroka Swallows in 1998, won the NSL league in 1997, Bob Save Superbowl in 1999 and 2001. In 1992 Grobler started coaching at Boksburg FC and joined Silver Stars / Platinum Stars in 2006. Grobler continued to work at Highlands Park up until 2020 as Head of Development.
“Our aim as WWS is to provide the best opportunities to all the talented individuals on the African continent and to connect their talent with lucrative opportunities in terms of scholarships as well as elite opportunities that may transition into professional contracts abroad. We are very happy to have a person of Les Grobler’s calibre and level of experience heading up our Soccer division and working with us to identify and develop players and provide them with the best opportunities available worldwide. Les comes from being the main junior development catalyst involved in one of the top professional teams on the continent, Highlands Park FC. Under his tutelage the club was ranked as having one of the finest junior development divisions in Africa. With our vision as WWS to empower talent to European and USA opportunities he is an excellent fit. I am confident that this will be a successful appointment,” -says Munya Mairare, CEO of WWS.
Grobler said, “I am honoured to be joining the WWS team and I am looking forward to seeing what talent and ability are out there. We have an action-packed year planned from development camps, soccer trials and projects planned throughout the African continent.”
WWS recently opened an office in Kenya and Maraire says that he has been humbled by the response of WWS’s expansion into the East African market. “We have been welcomed with open arms and have been met with excitement and anticipation. The foundation has been established and we can’t wait to start growing our roots in such a talented area on the African continent.”
WWS has been in the business of linking Africa’s talent with opportunity for over 18 years and have established partnerships with the likes of major sporting organisations such as the Lombardia Uno group who are the custodians of the AC Milan technical academy in Italy.
“To date, we have placed more than 1000 talented Africans on university scholarships, with roughly 70% obtaining sports scholarships, 29% academic scholarships and 1% in the arts,” says Maraire.
After a successful WWS Scout Camp hosted in South Africa in December 2021, we are looking forward to bringing the WWS Scout Camp to Kenya in April 2021 and welcoming athletes from all over Africa to showcase their talents. This will be one of many scouting opportunities hosted by WWS this year.”
“I believe without a shadow of a doubt that Africa holds the largest untapped talent in the world. It is time for the world to see Africa,” concludes Maraire.