The Lambda Institute is more than just a football academy - it is a football school. The players who are taken in are housed, fed, educated and trained on the premises. The five attributes which make up the basis of the school’s programme are talent, education, physicality, nutrition and mental preparedness. With this foundation, players have a better chance of making the grade in the tough world of European football.
Players between the ages of 14-18 undergo rigorous selection criteria before being accepted. It can currently take 30 kids.
The institute was opened by PSL chairman Irvin Khoza and former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van de Sar, who is now the chief executive of Ajax Amsterdam.
“There is a gap in our development as a football country,” said Khoza. “And that is why what Ajax are doing is so remarkable. This is a good day for football in South Africa, this is a good day for the development of young people. Because the greatest respect you can show to a child is to see him.