Grassroots Soccer uses soccer training as medium to educate, inspire, and mobilize at-risk youth in townships. The programs incorporate a wide range of activities that use soccer as a tool for social and human development in the areas of peace activism, children’s rights/education, anti-discrimination, health and the environment.
The “Skillz Street” program has been developed specifically for girls The girls are part of an after-school football club at the Hlengisa secondary school in Nyanga Township, which uses football to teach them about HIV. The program is proving effective - Coach Andile Rafeni says that pupils had nothing to do when classes ended before Grassroots Soccer came to the school almost two years ago, and now they have embraced the football program with enthusiasm.
There are ten coaches who split their time between the classroom, where the girls set goals for their lives, and the pitch, playing football with a message. The program has been rolled out successfully in twelve other African countries and in seven towns and cities across South Africa.
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