Welcome to our newest Football Forward Friday program in Khayelitsha. This branch of our training runs in a township that has the title of second largest township in South Africa, a population density near the same as New York City and a median average income of less than $2000. What an amazing area and culture to expand to and plant our Ubuntu flag.
Friday, September 27th was the first day of running training in Khayelitsha and it was a great success. We’d contacted clubs in the area and asked them to bring a couple of hard working and skilled kids. When our coaches showed up we had zero kids, but within 20 minutes, boys started showing up from everywhere. We ended up having 24 kids training with us from clubs in the surrounding areas.
We were absolutely shocked at the turn out and ended up having a very productive session with the boys. We focused on learning some turn moves, did a life lesson on where we find our strength and ended with some small 6-a-side games. Our coaches and staff are excited to see how the kids flourish as we continue the program.
Another new aspect we have added to our Football Friday program is having our older Academy boys, 98s to 2000s, volunteer as coaches. We have the boys scheduled to assist in each Ocean View and Grassy Park and even in our new program in Khayelitsha. Not only are they a huge help, but it has been a great way for them to learn by teaching, learn about servanthood and learn to spot true talent. We also like it because it gives us a great excuse to hang out with our guys.
As you can see, things are really growing around here. It’s almost more than we can handle. We have trials coming up, house updates and the end of the season news. Stay tuned for more blogs in the coming weeks!