South Africa 2017
The PFA and International charity partner TackleAfrica arrived in Cape Town to commence the latest Education and Corporate Social Responsibly visit to South Africa.
Celebrating 10 years from the first visit when the PFA and Coaching for Hope first joined forces in 2007, the relationship has grown from strength to strength using the power of football in a variety of excellent social programmes, targeting social deprivation, inequality, HIV Awareness, gender violence, coach education and unemployment.
In 2012 an innovative collaboration between the PFA and the Premier League saw 16 Premier League scholars, visit South Africa as part of the delegation as a way of helping them understand their sport in a different context.
It gave these young rising stars (including Nathan Ake, Tyler Blackett and Jordan Pickford) the opportunity to see at first hand the good that football can do in a developing country, these young men returned home with a different perspective on their sport and on their responsibility as role models both within their communities and further afield.
Regular visits from the PFA and Coaching for Hope were also instrumental in securing funding from HSBC to develop a women and girls programme supporting their human rights in South Africa. Rachel Yankey (former England and Arsenal Ladies) was part of the delegation to visit South Africa in 2013 and gave a huge boost to the aspiring female coaches being trained.
Rachel coordinated coaching sessions for the U15s girls’ team which travelled to Turkey to play in the One Nation Cup, for which the PFA donated a full kit to each girl. The enthusiasm for the sport has been of real and lasting benefit and it is through seeing women like Rachel participating in the heart of their communities that they have gained a self-belief and determination succeed in life.
The PFA and TackleAfrica team consisting of John Hudson, Jason Lee, Terry Angus, Shane Birtles and Jane Carter will be reporting back on the trip via a daily blog on the ThePFA.com...
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