South Africa Projects
As part of our commitment to international charity work, a PFA delegation first visited South Africa ahead of the World Cup in 2010 to support local community organisations. Since that first visit, we've returned to South Africa every year, using football to tackle a variety of social issues with our local charity partners.
Football is hugely popular in South Africa, and like their late president Nelson Mandela, we believe that sport has the power to change the world. On every visit, our team run a variety of football-based educational projects for the local communities, which includes coaching education, health and wellbeing support, equalities sessions and political collaboration with The British High Commission. We also supply sporting equipment to local schools, deliver football training workshops and co-host a Homeless World Cup selection tournament.
The organisations we work with use football to connect with communities affected by homelessness, poverty and deprivation. They also work to inspire people and help them build new prospects in education, employment and health. Our charity partners include:
- TackleAfrica, an organisation training African football coaches to communicate key health messages to young people through football
- Oasis, an NGO that uses football to teach disadvantaged young South Africans about fair play, inclusion and respect
- The Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, a charity focusing on a variety of issues such as leadership and youth development
- The Robben Island Museum, an organisation that provides education via former political prisoners.