Press Review, FIFA World Cup 2010

25. May 2009

Cape to build first Hope Centre

With just over a year left to the kick-off of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, yet another milestone will be achieved with the official sod-turning of the first Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Monday, May 25.

Distinguished guests at the event will include Premier of the Province of the Western Cape Helen Zille, Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Dan Plato, Chief Executive Officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee Danny Jordaan and Federico Addiechi, Fifa Head of Corporate Responsibility (CSR) as well as Jürgen Griesbeck, CEO of Streetfootballworld.
This initiative is part of the Official Campaign of the 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa “20 Centres for 2010” which aims to build 20 Football for Hope Centres across Africa.
The centres will address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people.
The Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha, which officially opens in January, will be the first to open and will be run by Grassroot Soccer, a South African-based, non-profit organisation that uses football to educate young people about HIV and Aids and empower them with the knowledge to live HIV-free.
The location has been provided by the City of Cape Town and the Khayelitsha Development Forum as part of the Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrade (VPUU) programme.
The other centres will be constructed in Mali, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Namibia, and at other locations across Africa.

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