Ambassadors In Sport

Our mission is to run Hope Academies in South Africa. Hope Academy is an intensive and holistic football based program that provides underprivileged children in Africa the opportunity to fulfil their God-given potential on and off the field.
Nov 11, 2014

Using football to address fatherlessness

This projects name changed to "Football to address Fatherlessness" - Why?

The most common challenge around the world is the lack of fathers and positive role models. According to major studies, virtually every major social pathology has been linked to fatherlessness. Violent crime, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, suicide — all correlate more strongly to fatherlessness than to any other single factor.

40% of all children do not live with their biological fathers.
85% of children with behavioural problems come from fatherless homes.
71% of children who do not finish school come from fatherless homes.
63% of suicides come from fatherless homes.
80% of rapists motivated by displaced anger come from fatherless homes.
70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes.

Therefore our coaches serve as father figures and we train coaches to play some of the roles of a father figure in the lives of their players. In our diverse projects in prisons, schools and communities, we work towards developing the players to become positive role models in their areas of influence.

News from Hope Academy Drakenstein Prison

It's a challenging time for our guys in Hope Academy Drakenstein prison at the moment. Due to renovation in the Hope Academy's section, all inmates are moved to different rooms in another section. There they are facing the normal prison culture.

Steve, one of the inmates and our Faith Coach in the Hope Academy, shows an outstanding attitude: "I actually love these challenges. Now we can grow and the application of our values is put to a test. It's easy to do it in our room - an environment where everyone lives accordingly." In times like this the foundations of all the guys are tested and we are encouraging them to not only stand firm, but to impact the other inmates in the rooms where they will spend the next two months until the renovations are completed.

At the Annual Drakenstein Youth Centre of Excellence Offenders Sport Awards Ceremony we awarded outstanding performance of our young men in the following four categories: Top Goal Scorer, Player of the Year, Best Newcomer and Most Valuable Player.

Coming up next

Until the end of the year we have some soccer camps and clinics coming up for about 300 children! We are busy preparing a fun program, where we not onloy focus on soccer, but on the holistic development of the young players.

You'd like to make a special christmas gift? An amount of only 20 $ enables a child to participate at one of the camps and 50 $ would enable coach to be trained  and empowered as a father/mentor figure!

Thanks so much for your partnership and bringing hope to children and juvenile offenders through soccer!

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Nov 3, 2014

Two projects become one

Dear Friends,

We'd like to share with you a lovely letter we just received from one of our young players in Hope Academy Soweto:

"Dear lovely Coach
Good Day
I just want to say thank you for all the things that you have done for us. I really enjoy wearing your present clothes. And I want to say I really enjoy training in Hope Academy. Well done, you are doing a great job, keep it up. Also my family we are very happy and they say thank you. Please show the generation that is coming after us the same love as us. We are very intelligent today because of you guys.
Love you Coach
Wish you everything well in your future
May God bless you"

Amazing - isn't it? The change and develop we see in the young players life does not happen by accident! Your support brings hope and change into the young players lives and impacts their families and surrounding communities. Thanks for your continous partnership!

So far we as organisation always had two different project pages on GlobalGiving. We will deactivate this project page and change the other one into a more general page for all our organisations projects.

Look forward to a more active page with lots of exciting stories of hope and transformation through football in South Africa.

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Jul 11, 2014

Players develop in Football - Faith - Future

The current Drakenstein squad
The current Drakenstein squad

The FIFA World Cup 2014 is currently taking place in Brazil. Even if South Africa is not playing in the tournament, millions of South Africans – our staff included – are passionately and excitedly following the biggest Football event in Brazil. Check out our Facebook Page to read some exciting stories about what is happening inside Ambassadors Football around the world during this time, especially in the participating nations.

In this newsletter we'd like to introduce our Hope Academy Drakenstein Head Coach.
Find out about the roles, passion and day-to-day duties of all our Ambassadors Football South Africa staff members on our website.
After finishing high school Sivuyile “Juju” Tabata studied theology before becoming involved in sports ministry. In 2008 he was part of the three months International Sports Leadership School in Stellenbosch. As Hope Academy Drakenstein Manager Juju leads Bible Studies, life skill sessions, football coaching as well as mentoring the young men in prison. When these men leave prison Juju guides them in finding jobs as well supporting them in their re-integration into their communities. Juju’s passion is the restoration of life and seeing men reaching their full potential as father figures in their families and communities.

As we focus on Football – Faith – Future we are so grateful to see the young men growing on all three levels.

Football - We are in the middle of the season and currently second in LFA Drakenstein Promotional League.

Faith - The past month in Ambassadors Football Hope Academy Drakenstein we saw one player/inmate give his life to God by excepting Jesus as his savior!
We utilized the World Cup fever by introducing the players to the ToWho message.

Future - We ended this round of talks about our core values by looking at excellence. We also emphasized the fact that it is not knowledge of values that leads to breakthrough but application (obedience) to the values that leads to personal transformation.

Thanks for partnering with us!

Drakenstein Coach Juju
Drakenstein Coach Juju

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