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Football Foundation

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The Football Foundation, a subsidiary of the Grootbos Foundation, was founded in 2008, and presents multiple sports training programmes as well as parallel education programmes in HIV-Aids education, female empowerment, environmental conservation, proper nutrition, enterprise development and social integration skills, benefitting over 9 858 individuals in 2017/18 alone, which equates to 1 035 090 contact hours between coaches and beneficiaries across all programmes.


The Football Foundation aims to cultivate the potential of sport to trigger positive social change in marginalized communities, to ultimately build strong communities of healthy, empowered and proud young leaders in sport and life.


Our objectives are to:


  • Promote sports and social development in marginalized areas with high unemployment rates and few educational, recreational and developmental resources and opportunities

  • Uplift local communities by empowering individuals through accredited skills training and leadership opportunities

  • Promote education, health, social integration and participation through sport

  • Achieve greater social integration in the region via educating and empowering youth, using sports as a vehicle for change.


Sport for Development focuses on nine socially excluded Overberg communities namely Gansbaai, Stanford, Hawston, Hermanus, Die Kop, Masakhane, Blompark, Zwelihle and Elim in the Western Cape Province, South Africa.


We engage 2000 children, between the ages of 6 – 18 six days a week from previously marginalised communities in the Overberg region; and more than 9000 children per year. 


During school holidays, children are engaged in holiday programmes so that they enjoy the same benefits and healthy meals as during the term time. The Football Foundation started by offering football as a development sport but this has now grown to include hockey, netball, athletics, cross-country, swimming, female rugby and canoeing.


The safe, nurturing, fun opportunities presented to young, vulnerable children through football and other sports have the potential to change lives for the better, forever.

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"I am so grateful for the effort of the coaches and volunteers who always welcome my brothers and me with love, support and respect. I am deeply appreciative of all that the Football Foundation does for my family."


Siyamkele Ngumla
14-year-old participant
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