Transforming juvenile offenders in South Africa

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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Project Leader

Ben Marais

AIS SA Director
Pretoria, Gauteng South Africa

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