Since the 20 Centres for 2010 project was introduced, seven Football for Hope centres have opened across the African continent. The remaining 13 are currently under development, with centres in Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Cameroon, and South Africa almost finished!
20 Centres for 2010
20 Centres for 2010, the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, seeks to achieve positive social change in public health and education services for young people. With streetfootballworld as an implementing partner, the key component of the FIFA campaign is the construction of 20 Football for Hope Centres in various communities across Africa. Each centre will include a football pitch and a community centre to house Development through Football programmes run by the selected centre host organisation.
Six new centres nearing completion!
There are currently six Football for Hope Centres being constructed in cooperation with streetfootballworld partner Architecture for Humanity:
The new Football for Hope Centre in Botswana is nearing completion in the community of Ramotswa. The space will be run by streetfootballworld network member South East District Youth Empowerment Association (SEDYEA), an organisation that uses football to educate young people about HIV/AIDS.
Bairro Vumba, Mozambique
In Mozambique, stone masons are currently laying bricks that were handmade during a skills-training workshop with local builders. streetfootballworld network member Grupo Desportivo de Manica will be the centre host, using the space to run their football-based programmes that focus primarily on social integration.
The centre in Tanzania will serve as the hub of social activity in the community of Iringa, as it is surrounded by low-income housing and will be the sole community and sport facility in the area. streetfootballworld network member Iringa Development of Youth Disabled and Children Care (IDYDC) will be the centre host, using the space to run services such as micro-financing programmes, counselling, and HIV/AIDS information sessions for young people in the community.
Workers are currently trying to complete the foundation of the centre in Cameroon between periods of heavy rain, but centre host and streetfootballworld network member United Action for Children (UAC) has a strong vision for the space. UAC works with orphans and street children, using football tournaments to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS, youth unemployment, child labour and ethnic conflicts in the region.
Mokopane, South Africa
The Magalakwena Football for Hope Centre in South Africa will serve as a community space for the Phola Park Township and surrounding area. The South African Red Cross (SARCS), part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, will be the centre host.
QwaQwa, South Africa
The centre in QwaQwa is just waiting for a final coat of paint! It will be part of an existing community sport facility, hosted by loveLife, an organisation that uses football as a tool for HIV/AIDS prevention.
For more detailed information about Football for Hope Centre designs and hosts, click here.
For more information about the campaign, and about other centres currently in development, click here.