The latest visit to South Africa sees the PFA and TackleAfrica build on strong relationships with charitable partners and education providers using the power of football in a variety of social programmes. These include targeting deprivation, equality and inclusion, HIV Awareness, gender violence, coach education and unemployment as part of the union’s global Corporate Social Responsibility.
Regular visits from the PFA dating back from 2009 have been instrumental to the development of organisations and individuals who have been supported, mentored and uplifted by the presence of the union in South Africa.
In the run-up to the 2010 World Cup many international organisations made a beeline to South Africa and offered support to grassroots sport organisations and community groups... However, the legacy did not materialise and the support of most of these organisations evaporated swiftly. The PFA have shown their commitment to positive change and made a conscious decision to continue with the dedicated and targeted educational visits and build on them each year.
The PFA would like to thank charity partners Show Racism the Red Card and Kick it Out, along with Manchester City, Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers, Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers for their kind gift of kit donations, which will be donated to local charities, township schools and local football clubs during the visit.
As part of the 2018 programme the PFA and TackleAfrica will visit 4 schools (Hazeldene Primary School, Bramble Way Primary School, Langa High School and The Leadership College Manenberg) based in some of the most deprived townships on the Western Cape and deliver an Education session to celebrate and mark the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela who would have been 100 years of age in July, followed by a football training session outdoors. The students have been asked to participate in a Mandela poster competition and the winners will be presented with a gift bag whilst each school will receive a donation of kit, equipment (balls, pumps, bibs, cones) and a PFA flag.
On 21st March 2018 at 3.00pm Oasis, a None Government Organisation (NGO) based in Phillipi, Cape Flats, will be holding an official launch of their new Internet Café designed to provide local youth with IT skills and employment options. This fantastic opportunity has come about following a visit by the PFA in 2017 which led to an introduction with Computacenter who are based in Cape Town. Paul Norris of Computacenter visited the Founder of Oasis, Cliffy Martinus and saw for himself the inspiring work they do with local youth, ex-offenders and homeless people in the most challenging of conditions and agreed to provide a whole bank of state of the art computers to equip the space Oasis had available.
The PFA and Oasis will also host a Homeless World Cup selection tournament as part of an intervention and life changing process for young men optimistic of representing South Africa at the next Homeless World Cup in Mexico. The Homeless World Cup use football to support and inspire people who are without a home to change their own lives; and to change perceptions and attitudes towards people who are experiencing homelessness.
During the packed programme the PFA will also run coaching sessions at local football clubs, including Hout Bay United close to the Imizamo Yethu settlement and Making an Impact Through Sport (MITS) from Mitchell’s Plain, one of South Africa’s largest townships who have benefitted with coach education and kit during previous support programmes.
The PFA and TackleAfrica are due to visit and meet with the Mr Mava Dada the CEO from the Robben Island Museum before a private tour and presentation to honour the Life and Legacy of Mr Mandela and have scheduled a meeting with Mr Mbulelo Bikwani, CEO of the The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, established in Cape Town, which harnesses, consolidates, preserves and propagates the values, principles and mission of its founders to contribute sustainably to the creation of a more compassionate world.