JOHANNESBURG, MONDAY, 18 JUNE 2018 – JVW FC founder Janine Van Wyk, who is the most capped player of any gender for South Africa, today announced her plans of launching a complete academic and football curriculum for a select group of 20 elite girls at the newly formed specialist sport and cultural school, ESCA Wanderers.

The programme for the prospective young footballers will start in October 2018 with girls being offered a range of curriculum options from Cambridge, CAPS to the American GED School Leaver’s Certificate. The Elite Development Squad is a goal of holistically developing young players for the future for the ambitious JVW FC.

They aim to create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to fruition through a structured educational programme. The programme will be a collaboration between the selection of successful candidates both from a football skills set and academic background. ESCA School Wanderers (the Elite Sporting & Cultural Academy) is headed by Margie La Grange, who will manage the academic needs of the girls.

The visionary Margie who has been involved in the education industry for over 26 years, aims to revolutionise education in South Africa. Her learners are inspired to be accountable, resourceful and she endorses the latest and best teaching and learning techniques.

The now iconic Janine Van Wyk, who founded JVW FC in 2012, will head up the soccer programme. Janine has grown her brand which includes the JVW Football club, the main one based in Bedfordview and a secondary platform at Randburg FC where JVW Heads up the Coaching section.

JVW are now involved in their 8th year of a highly successful 169-team Girls school league in Gauteng, and aims to give young girls the opportunity to play football in a structured and competitive environment, where girls have an opportunity to achieve their goals and aspirations in the women’s game.

“I am extremely excited to share all my knowledge and experiences to help young athletes prepare for their life journey to become a pro athlete – both mentally and physically,” said Janine, who is currently playing for Houston Dash in the USA.

“Education is absolutely key to preparing players in the new era of professional football and my aim is that this group of 20 players will all go onto furthering their careers in the professional game – both in South Africa and overseas. I will seek to instil a love for the game in an environment where each player is encouraged and motivated on a daily basis to participate and give their best according to their ability,” said Janine who has an unbelievable 149 caps for Banyana Banyana.Margie La Grange, Director and Principal of ESCA, said: “I am extremely excited to partner with JVW in this Elite Girls Football Programme and can assure our top class facilities with the inclusion of sports psychology, nutrition, fitness and biokinetics. We will fully support and facilitate each individual learner’s specific programme to achieve her personal best.”

Interested candidates are invited to send in their applications to the below contacts. An open day will be held on Sunday 7 October 2018 or alternatively candidates are able to book individual site visits.

For more information, please contact: Lauren Duncan (JVW FC) on +27 (82) 763-5942 or lauren@jvw5.co.zaOR Margie La Grange (ESCA School Wanderers) on +27 (10) 035-3600 or margie@esca.org.zaIssue by Papadi Marketing: Grant Nicholls on + 27 (011) 022-5920 or grant@papadi.co.za