At Ubuntu Football our mission is “to mentor the next generation of great African leaders, society-changers and footballers.” To complete this mission we work to see Growth in every area of the boys’ lives, but we have realized that only by dealing with their past and present struggles today, can we help them move into a better future tomorrow.
Our boys’ lives have been filled with abuse, neglect, drug and alcohol abuse, death of family members and more, but no one has ever given them a space to think through and deal with these issues. Ubuntu is a Family and rather than treat the symptoms we want to treat the inside of the person and through that see the outside get changed as well. Thus, the name of our campaign, #InsideOut.
Our solution is to bring in a counselor(s) to the academy. Having a counselor readily available to provide professional help where we cannot is going to be an incredible tool for us to help our boys. We hope to raise $4000 to start a fund that can cover group and individual counseling sessions for the next couple of years. A donation of $25 will cover a single session and create a step on the path to a better future. Come along side us this Christmas by giving at InsideOut.causevox.com to help change the Ubuntu boys’ lives and then Share our cause with your family and friends.
A couple of weeks ago someone tagged our Instagram in a video of Real Madrid player, Gareth Bale doing the dizzy goals challenge. The goal is to spin around the ball 13 times and then try and score a goal. This is our version with a little flare at the end. Hope you enjoy. Share with your friends!
The Ubuntu Staff wants to thank you all (our teammates, sponsors and fans) for all you have done to make Ubuntu possible. We wanted to introduce you to what your support helps us do. This is Eric Phillips, one of the oldest boys in the Academy. In this video Eric shares his incredible journey of transformation. Please share this video with everyone you know!
Ubuntu Football has decided to transfer the girl’s football program to Fish Hoek Football Club. Our girls will now be called Fish Hoek girls and the club will be guiding, training, and growing these beautiful young women into strong leaders and talented players. The money that Ubuntu raised for kits for our girls will be given to the club to use for a proper match kit, transport, and other team costs. Our girls recently travelled to Mitchell’s Plain to play in a 7v7 U18 tournament. We took 23 girls and played teams from Hout Bay, Atlantis, and Phillippi. The girls played great together and had a lot of fun. It was a great way to kick off the start of the season! This year they will play under Fish Hoek under the Cape Town Tygerberg league.
ASD and Ubuntu Football are delighted to announce an exciting long-term partnership in youth development. Both organisations are committed to providing the best possible holistic development of young footballers, with very similar core values and philosophies. After months of sharing vision and philosophy, we felt that there was exciting potential to combine our efforts and build one youth development program that can add unique value to the South African youth development landscape. ASD and Ubuntu remain separate organisations, however ASD’s football philosophy and some members of the ASD coaching staff have now been integrated into the Ubuntu Football program in Cape Town’s south peninsula.
Both programs have a strong reputation in youth development. Where ASD have excelled in the older junior age groups and placing players in professional and international football around the world, Ubuntu Football has built an excellent youth program with great recent success in the U10-U15 age groups. This creates a real synergy of experience and expertise as we work together to build a long-term youth development model, that will significantly impact the lives and footballing future of talented youth players. Our mission is to mentor the next generation of great South African leaders, society changers and footballers, and this partnership is an exciting step towards seeing this vision become a reality.
Here it is, the moment you have all been waiting for. The brand new academy house pictures are all up and ready for you to view. Come check them out and tell us what you think! We are so thankful for everyone’s support and can’t wait for you to come visit
Click below to see more pictures of that area of the house:
A few weeks ago we hosted the opening of our new Academy House. After an entire year on this journey, we were able to bring sponsors, staff, players, family and friends together to show the house off and share the story of how God worked in it. It was a great day! Watch Mike and Casey’s address during the ceremony below:
You can also look at pictures from the event below:
Thanks for checking the blog out!! Stay tuned as we continue to post more about the house this week.
It has been quite a busy time at Ubuntu. Pretty much every aspect of our organization is growing tremendously and we are being stretched as a staff. We have had to make many tough decisions and even some unfavorable ones. Overall, it has been a challenging season in the life of Ubuntu, but we seem to be getting lots of encouragement from people around us. We wanted to share this with everyone, not to brag and boast to you, but to show that it couldn’t possibly be us that are running this organization. It is God that is running Ubuntu and we want to make sure he gets the glory for this. Read some of the encouraging texts and emails we’ve gotten:
“Here, I must also acknowledge and thank Ubuntu for your contribution to the success of our boys, as I believe that your programmes have definitely added much weight in assisting them to acquire additional skill and to lift the quality of their game. This is definitely a strong case to demonstrate the power and success of an effective partnership and I wish to thank you for the manner and spirit in which you approached and worked with us regarding our agreement of cooperation. This certainly leaves me feeling very confident and satisfied about our decision to partner with Ubuntu.” –Coach from partner club
“We just want to express our gratitude for inviting and allowing our boy to be part of the Ubuntu trial. He could not stop talking of how much he is enjoying the training sessions and the spirit in which it was conducted. We value the Godly principles on which your are structured and with God in the centre of it all, your organization will surely stand out amongst the rest.” –Parent of boy at trials
“You guys have done amazing work and with the right values in place. I have noticed the warmth and care the boys receive. Thanks for all you do.” –Parent of academy boy
I wish we could feature all of the different encouraging texts, emails, posts and comments that we get from you guys, but then this blog would go on forever! Thank you to all of you for how wonderfully supportive you have been to Ubuntu Football.
As our season has come to a close, we have been able to celebrate some pretty monumental accomplishments and successes in Ubuntu. The most obvious of those is our Fish Hoek U-13 and U-14 squads both winning the Cape Town Tygerberg Super League, arguably the toughest league in all of South Africa. Our Fish Hoek U-15 squad narrowly missed the Super League first place spot, but still grabbed second place in an extremely competitive league. We had 14 of our players selected for their District Team, 7 of whom went on to play for the Cape Town Regional Team, and 5 of those players have been selected to play for the Western Cape provincial team.
Coach Sean and Captain Tevin posing with their U-13 1st place trophy
Coach Erik and Captain Keenan posing with their U-14 1st place Trophy
We had an extremely successful trial this year choosing our new pre-academy group and some new 2000’s. We can’t wait to introduce the new group to you soon. This brought the number of academy players up to 73, with 36 of those players on full scholarship. It is amazing watching all of the players practicing and seeing how much we have grown.
The celebration of all of these accomplishments and successes pale in comparison to the celebration of the hard work and growth mentalities we are seeing in our boys. One of our core beliefs at Ubuntu is that hard work and excellent effort should be valued much more over accomplishments.
Jesse receiving the October Ambassador Award
We try to live this out by the awards that we give out to our players. Every month we give the Ambassador award for the boy that has truly shown how hard he can work. Then at the end of the year, we give the Extra Effort award to honor the boy out of each age group that shows true leadership by his example of coming to practice everyday, working hard and seeking to improve.
We will be having our end of year celebration at the beginning of next month where we will give this last award out. Stay tuned to see which of our boys is leading the pack.
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.
Wandile Helping at our Grassy Park Football Friday
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!