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.
Jun 1, 2012

Lots Happening!

Jeremy - who sadly leaves behind a 2 year old son
Jeremy - who sadly leaves behind a 2 year old son

Dear Friends,

We would like to update you on some exciting developments regarding our prison Hope Academy program. 

These past few months have been extremely busy for the project as we have continued to work tremendously hard with the young offenders in the prison and our graduates outside of prison.

Currently we have had 32 graduates come through the Hope Academy. It is exciting to see many of these young men leave prison and become role models and leaders in their communities. 

Recently our captain in the Academy from 2009-2011 Zola Goboza was employed in one of the Cape Town townships as a full time community worker. When Zola was released from prison he volunteered his services for free to the local council, over time the community center saw his commitment and rewarded him with a full time position last week.

One of our graduates, Abongile Sodlaka phoned me to say he had just passed his Electrical Engineering Level 3 theory course. We funded Abongile to go through this course and he has shown great determination to pass. He will be setting up his own business in the future.

However we do have some sad news that one of our graduates was shot dead in the Cape Flats a few weeks ago. Jeremy made a decision to leave the gang he was working with before prison when he was released, sadly the gang killed him on his doorstep in front of his two year old son. Jeremy lost his life for standing up for the right thing. One of our coaches attended the funeral and spoke on behalf of Hope Academy and gave a testimony about Jeremy's life. This is the realty of the work we do.

This past month we had the minister of Correctional Services visit the Academy, she said that the Academy holding cell (where the team lives) was the "best cell I have ever seen in any prison in the country" - her comment was in appreciation for the discipline of the young men, the cleanliness of the cell and the project. We also received a delegation from all the managers of prisons nationwide who visited the Academy with the concept to open up Academies in their prisons. This will be a difficult task as the Academy is not something that can easily be replicated.

Finally the Academy has been accepted into an external football association league. This is a huge breakthrough as the team will be playing matches home and away against community teams. This will not only create awareness of the project but will also allow us to play competitive football on a weekly basis.

Thanks for all your support and if you want to continue to support us by giving to the project please consider this. We still need funding for equipment this year such as boots, shirts and playing kit.

Apr 18, 2012

The Season Has Begun

Life Skills Training with Coach Sam.
Life Skills Training with Coach Sam.

Our Soweto Hope Academy has begun with a BANG!

It has been an exciting start the season as we have welcomed all the children from the Academy. This is the third year of the Academy as we continue to invest into each child in their football, faith and future.

The children have started off well. The Academy has received many visits from overseas visitors and also from other African leaders that work for Ambassadors In Sport. Soweto Hope Academy is the flagship model for our other African offices to replicate in the future.

We did have a set back when our offices were broken into but we are thankful that the person responsible for the theft was arrested and was sent to prison. We managed to also recover a lot of the stolen goods.

The children are progressing well, we have been running life skills sessions based on our Core Values which are Compassion, Respect, Self-Discipline, Humility, Integrity, Equality and Excellence.

One of our children said to our Future Coach (who oversees our life skills and education monitoring) - coach I just love you and you are like a mother to me. This is something that happens regularly and the Academy has become like a family to many of our children.

This past month we have had the pleasure of hosting a team from the UK who have spent time in the Academy. This has been amazing as the kids have been able to interact with people from another country. However, as I always say to touring teams - these kids will teach you more than you can teach them!

Finally we are pleased to announce that Hope Academy was awarded recognition from the Nelson Mandel Fund for best practice within the nonprofit sector. This was a great honour for us - see link below for further info!

We value all your support as we continue to develop the children throughout this year and we will keep you all updated with reports!

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Mar 9, 2012

Hope Academy Prison 2012 Squad Finalized

New 2012 Squad with a signed Liverpool shirt.
New 2012 Squad with a signed Liverpool shirt.

Dear friends,

The 2012 season is just beginning for our prison Hope Academy. We are excited about the new season and have spent the first two months of this year recruiting new players of the Academy.

We have now finalized our 2012 Hope Academy team and the young men are looking forward to the new year and developing in their football, characters and education.

One of the big changes this year will be the wardens in the prison taking on more responsibility in the Academy. Last year we spent time training up the prison management and some of the wardens in how to run the Academy. This has been a positive step as the prison have begun to take more ownership of the program.

We have trained one warden in the football philosophy of the Academy and we have appointed him head coach for the 2012 season. Our coaches will continue to train and equip him this year and monitor his coaching progress. We have also trained on of the juvenile offenders who is showing tremendous potential as a coach. 

The prison are also organizing for the team to play in an external league this year. This is a big step for the prison Academy and will mean they will have strong competition throughout the year.

Over Christmas we had no instances in the prison cell during the holidays, this is a great testimony to the Academy development and the behavior of the young men. 

We have been following up many of the young men who have been released and we are pleased to report that many of them are doing well. One of the young men called Simphiwe has started college and is studying Business Marketing. Simphiwe has also joined one of the oldest football clubs in Cape Town and made their first team which is quite an accomplishment.

Your funding has enabled us to print off our new life skills manuals - over the next few months we will be working through our new life skills curriculum based on the famous coach John Wooden, we are excited to teach this to the young men. We have also managed to buy some equipment for the coaching training.

Finally the young men were exception in their education last year, the Academy monitors and supports all our players to progress in their education. All the boys passed except for two who will re-write this year, this was an amazing achievement. Through your funding we have also managed to place two young men (Thulani and Bongani) into correspondence courses in the Academy. This is an amazing opportunity for them and they are very capable young men and we have no doubt they will excel in their education.

Thanks for your continued support to this project. Young men in prison can be regarded as one of the most socially excluded groups in the world. The majority of young men who have graduated from our program have gone on to become responsible citizens of society.

We hope you will continue to support us as we work hard to rehabilitate these young men to reach their full potential.

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