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.
Apr 17, 2014

Impacting a child's life

Dear Supporters,

In Soweto coaches and players resumed their program in February. The Soweto team tries to get the parents more involved in partnering in the children's support. This exciting process has already started and we have had 87% of parents attending meetings. As part of developing the families behind the children we are planning Financial literacy workshops for the parents in June.

The Academy players are growing and so are their feet. All of them need new soccer boots. We are in the midst of financial constraints regarding the running of the academy. We have been looking into restructuring in Soweto as an option, to be better prepared for the future. To ease the financial situation and cover the running costs we are looking for an additional funding amount of R10 000 per month.

Neo, Hope Academy’s U13 goalkeeper, joined the Academy in 2010 and has been growing not only in his football abilities but also in character. Neo is one of the 7 Hope Academy kids that have been recognised as leaders at their respective schools and appointed as captains of their respective football teams. It is evident that the Hope Academy kids are being recognised as a positive influence on their peers and that the values and life skills taught by the Academy are bearing fruit in shaping Neo and other kids’ character. On top of this Neo’s mother has been assisting Hope Academy in adding value to the life of Academy kids. She has donated stationary to the Academy and has also been supporting our recycling initiative by collecting cans from her place of employment. Hope Academy has not only touched Neo’s life but also the lives of his family, teachers and fellow learners, in other words his whole community. He is indeed developing into an oak of righteousness.

All this investment in Neo’s life and those of the other kids would not have been possible without your support. You are true vision enablers and may the Lord bless you!

Apr 14, 2014

Promotional League begins for HA Drakenstein

Dear supporters,

The past couple of months have been encouraging for us as we continue to reach young men in prison, and mentor our graduates who have been released. Since the middle of January we've been working inside the prison. We have had exciting talks about the values of the Academy, starting with respect and self-discipline. On the 1st of February we started practising again. We have had some guys recently released on parole and serve as good role models in their communities. Through them leaving we have the opportunity to have new guys joining the Academy. We have had some trials already and 6 new inmates have been selected to join the Academy.

Let's have a closer look now at the teams performance in the local football league.

On the 5th/6th of April the Promotional League in the Drakenstein LFA area kicked off with a 4:0 (1:0) win for Hope Academy Drakenstein against Green Hills. In sunny weather conditions of 28ºC Anele Buja, within the first 15 minutes of the game, scored the first goal for Drakenstein.

Still in the first half, Drakenstein for a brief moment, seemed to have lost a goal to their opponents, until it became clear that there was a handball by the opponents before the ball crossed the line. After allowing Green Hills a lot of play during the rest of the first half, Drakenstein dominated for most of the second half with a second goal by Ayanda Singama and a third by Axiwe Khonjwa. In the last 20 minutes a seemingly more fit Drakenstein team scored a fourth goal, executed by Thulani Ngxokomsa.

After a fair games on both sides and a well-deserved win by Drakenstein, Coach Sivuyile “Juju” Tabata stated that he was satisfied with the team’s performance, calling it a great first match.  He did however add that improvement is needed and that the team will work on certain weaker areas in the coming practice sessions. A great match day was characterized by an equally great team spirit, not only on the pitch but also next to it, with loyal support for the players.

Drakenstein were supposed to play another match on Sunday, but as the opponents didn’t arrive for the game this gives the Drakenstein 6 points for the first two matches.There are still 24 more games ahead and it looks set to be a great season for Drakenstein!

Thanks for all your continued support towards the young men and their FOOTBALL, FAITH and FUTURE development.

Please visit our new website to find more up to date information about all our programs.

Jan 17, 2014

A new year lies ahead

New Year Greetings
New Year Greetings

What will the new year bring?

What is for sure is that children and young people will be impacted through the Hope Academy program. Coaches will be trained and equipped to be father figures on and off the field.

Pray with us for God's guidance and blessings in 2014. May he be at work in and through all of us!

Looking back - 2013

In October we had two amazing Training events in Hope Academy Drakenstein Prison of several days duration. Through 'The world needs a father' and 'Coaching for Life' Training,  young offenders have been equipped as future Fathers, Coaches and positive Role Models in their communities once they are released.

The participants engagement and response was absolutely great! 30 guys listening, absorbing and asking great questions. Men who all committed serious crimes in the past asking now: How do you as a man treat a woman? How do I teach my children to treat the opposite sex? And our favorite: How do we as fathers in the house become to fathers to the world?

At the same time Coaches and Children were working hard on and of the field in Hope Academy Soweto. Young kids becoming greater players and personalities. Let's have a closer look at one of them:

Thabiso is 10 years old. He lost his mother in 2008 and has never known his father. Thabiso currently lives with his aunt and four cousins in a small shack in Soweto. No one is employed in his home and the family lives off a social grant from the Government. Despite this, he has made huge progress since joining the Soweto Hope Academy in April 2010. He has received 6 awards for academic progress in school and is also showing great potential on the soccer field. The Academy coaches play a significant role in his life as he has no father or male role model to support him. The Academy is also committed to developing him holistically until he leaves school and working alongside his family. With no regular intervention from positive role models, Thabiso would be in danger of making poor choices later in his life. Through long term intervention and mentoring we are giving Thabiso the best opportunity to be successful in the future.

Looking at these stories, we know: There is true hope possible even in the most difficult circumstances.

Thank you for making life changes possible!

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