Four BN Academy players and founder/director, Bhekimpilo Nyoni went on a tour of the UK and undertook a training programme at the CV Academy, and Nyoni signed some partnership agreements for future exchange programmes.

The tour of the UK by the academy players and director is the first although the academy has seen several players awarded academic and or sports scholarships to the UK and USA.

The aim of the training programme is to create future professional athletes who can either obtain professional football and or academic sporting scholarships.

Nyoni said he looks forward to a great partnership and successful future ahead after signing a number of partnerships and agreements with UK academies, agents and coaches.

During the UK tour, the boys had the opportunity to train and were put through their paces by some of the UK’s top coaches, while scouts for several clubs had an opportunity to watch the boys train.

BN Academy brings kicking kids from the age of four upwards every Saturday for an hour at Belgravia Sports Club under the theme: #catchingthemyoung.

The academy looks to nurture talent from grassroots level up to the age of 19.

The programme has been in operation since 1998 under the stewardship of Nyoni, who is also the Chairman of the Zimbabwe Coaches Association.

The academy now has as many as 100 boys to date, who are taught the football basics by CAF licensed coaches who include Biggie Zuze, Steven Chikodzi, Anthony Vheriwa, Tonga Matara and Gift Kamuriwo during the weekends and during the school holidays camps.