The PFA made a commitment in the run-up to the 2010 World Cup to support the development of charitable organisations and individuals in South Africa using the power of football to help unite and inspire education providers, community groups and underprivileged children.
Since 2010, each year the PFA has visited South Africa and provided assistance to grassroots sport organisations and charities to develop projects which have targeted deprivation, equality and inclusion, HIV Awareness, gender violence, coach education and unemployment as part of the union’s global Corporate Social Responsibility.
As part of the 2019 programme the PFA and TackleAfrica will visit several schools (Silikamva High School, Bramble Way Primary School, Langa High School and Manenberg High School) based in some of the most deprived townships in Cape Town and deliver an Education session to celebrate Human Rights Day, followed by a football training session and tournament. Each school will receive a donation of kit and equipment to help encourage physical activity and structured lessons.
The PFA will again support Oasis select the South African Homeless World Cup football team by running a tournament on Sunday 24th March 2019. Oasis is a registered non-profit organisation founded in Cape Town in 2000 and 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. The PFA have worked closely with Oasis for a number of years and in 2018 teamed up with Computacenter to set up a new Internet Café designed to provide local youth with IT skills and employment options.
Human Rights Day
In South Africa, Human Rights Day is celebrated on 21 March, in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place on 21 March 1960. This massacre occurred as a result of protests against the Apartheid regime. Members of the South African Homeless World Cup team (who represented the country in Mexico in 2018) along with the PFA and TackleAfrica are visiting Robben Island to take part in a mini-tournament to celebrate and commemorate Human Rights Day.
The PFA would like to thank charity partners Show Racism the Red Card and Kick it Out, along with Manchester City, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers for their kind gift of kit and footwear, which will be donated to local charities, township schools and football clubs during the visit.