We are pleased to announce that our prison based Drakestein Hope Academy has been nominated for the Beyond Sport Awards in Cape Town from the 5th - 8th of December. This is a great honor as our work has been recognised as a leader in the area of development through sport. You can find our more information here: http://www.ais-africa.co.za/news/latest-news/190-hope-academy-drakenstein-on-beyond-sport-shortlist
Also we have had a great time in our Soweto Academy. On Youth Day we had a visit from professional players and patrons Ricardo Katza and Matthew Booth who helped coach over eighty children in the community, including many of our Academy children.
Our captain in Drakenstein was released from prison last week. Zola has been an inspiration to so many prisoners and we are excited to see how he will impact many people in his community in the future. Please click on this link to learn more about his release, this report is done by our intern who has been working in the prison this year, it makes for a great read! http://aissouthafrica.blogspot.com/2011/07/player-profile-zola.html?spref=fb
We have also been given great media attention in South Africa through DSTV and Supersport. Supersport has done a 5 minute broadcast on our soccer clinic in Mamelodi which was run in preparation of a new Hope Academy which will be launched in Mamelodi township in 2012. The broadcast will be shown at different time periods over the month of August.
Finally we have launched our new logo and I have attached it to this report. We hope you like it, the ball signifies the footballing excellence we give each child through our coaching, the light represents faith and the rays pointing towards the light represent a bright future.
Thanks for all you support for this project and helping us help many young children across Africa.
I will leave you with a quote from one of our children Thokazane (10 years) from our Soweto Academy, it will give you an idea of some of the situations we face with our children in the Academy.
I stay with my 4 grannys and 4 cousins, 5 aunts and my grandfather and two uncles, we are a family of 19. My mother passed away of HIV/ Aids in 2008. I do not know where my father is. Only 3 people are employed at home. My one cousin and I are supported by one of our grannys who earns a monthly social grant from the government. My cousin is in a similar situation as I am since he also lost his mom in 2009 also through HIV and AIDS. I love school and I’m in Grade 5. If don’t make it as soccer player I want to be a police woman.
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