We are delighted to announce the launch of our two Hope Academies in Leeuwkop Prison, Johannesburg and Drakenstein Prison, Cape Town.
Leeuwkop prison ran trials in the whole juvenile section and chose 28 inmates to participate in the program for 2009. AIS were given permission to do trials in 4 different juvenile prisons around the Western Cape and select 22 players for the Drakenstien Academy.
Both academies have started to implement the new AIS Academy curriculum, which has had immediate impact on the program and the players in the academies. The academy material has been developed and written over the past 5 years and we believe will be revolutionary for soccer development in South Africa.
It is going to be an exciting year ahead and we believe strongly that this program will impact the lives of many prisoners in South Africa.
The Drakenstein Academy has been accepted into an external league for the first time. Both academies are also training wardens and inmates to help run the program.
The pictures show both squads on the day.
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