The PFA visit Langa High School

The PFA in South Africa

The PFA visited Langa High School and delivered a Nelson Mandela Quiz and Poster Competition along with football coaching and games outside.

One of the oldest townships in Cape Town, Langa is known for its vibrant, captivating and creative identity. Though Langa is still thriving, the township needs a great deal of support in the areas of education, community and youth development and employment. Langa High School was established in 1937 and serves 800 students.

The PFA visited Langa High School 

The learners come from very poor backgrounds (many from nearby informal settlements) in an area where there is increasing crime and substance abuse. Despite this, learners excel in choral music and in community participation. Over 50 students took part in the teaching and football session with 3 young learners winning the poster competition and quiz.

In the afternoon, the team met Head Teacher Charmaine Lekay from Bramble Way Primary School which is a public school located in Bonteheuwel serving approximately 450 learners. Bonteheuwel is a township in Cape Town and suffers from a high rate of gang violence. Mrs Charmaine Lekay told the group about how she had to rebuild the school from scratch when she took over as head in 2014.

Under her leadership the teaching staff changed the culture and atmosphere and turned the school into a success. Working in the highly disadvantaged area of Bonteheuwel Mrs Lekay has given her learners pride and desire to learn. 

In the evening, the team visited Hout Bay United Football Community and delivered a coaching session to the youngsters. Football is enjoyed by South Africans of every background – often you’ll find the biggest fans in areas where pitches resemble sand pits and goal posts and nets exist only in the imagination of the players – kids dream of playing for Barcelona or local sides like Orlando Pirates & Ajax Cape Town.

PFA's Michael Bennett coaching in South Africa

Their aim is to unite the people of Hout Bay through the ‘Beautiful Game’. The charity aspires to Build cross – community cohesion through football (South Africa has many historic cross-community barriers) and use football to provide youth mentorship and development – giving them aspirations, pride, strong mentors and assistance with education.