The PFA return to Robben Island
The final day in South Africa saw the PFA meet Pascall Taruvinga (Chief Heritage Officer) of Robben Island Museum to discuss development opportunities and partnership progression to incorporate activities and a new sporting museum on the Island with a PFA presence.
A presentation was made to Pascali including a signed N’Gola Kanta shirt (PFA Player of the Year 2017) which will be displayed in the new museum.
Whilst on the Island the PFA Delegation were privileged to be given a private tour by former political prisoner Mr Makwela who spent 7 years on Robben Island from 1983 to 1990.
In the afternoon, the PFA and Oasis hosted a Homeless World Cup selection tournament which saw a group of talented men attend aspiring to be selected to represent South Africa at the next Homeless World Cup. Oasis, a registered non-profit organisation founded in Cape Town in 2000, use sport as a force for good and a driver of social change. Oasis teach disadvantaged young South Africans about fair play, inclusion and respect – lessons directly transferable to their lives in general.
An estimated 100 million people are homeless worldwide (source: United Nations Commission on human rights, 2005) and as many as 1 billion people lack adequate housing. The characteristics and causes of homelessness around the world are complex and varied. Homeless people experience social exclusion and stigmatization, economic hardship and poverty, and physical and mental health problems.
The Homeless World Cup Foundation supports a network of 74 local grassroots projects around the world. While they are most famous for organising and delivering the Homeless World Cup annual tournament, they also aim to support and develop grassroots projects that utilise football as a tool for social change.
The Vision is for a world where everyone who wants a home has a home.
Every year, the Homeless World Cup Foundation delivers an inspirational week-long street football tournament that brings together more than 500 players representing 50+ countries around the world, all of which have faced homelessness and social marginalisation. Competing in a purpose-built stadium in the heart of the host city, the players represent their country and unite in celebration. The annual tournament frequently attracts crowds of more than 80,000 with millions more watching online around the world.
For more information please click here homelessworldcup.org.
The role of the PFA Coaching Department is to prepare its members for a secondary career within the professional game, possibly within coaching or management.