POSTED: Saturday December 5th 2009
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Opening of first Football for Hope Centre heralds a new dawn for Khayelitsha

The centre, which is the first of 20 community centres, will help to tackle HIV/AIDS and some of the biggest issues facing young people across the African continent.


   

The     first Football for Hope Centre in     Khayelitsha in the outskirts of Cape Town opened     its doors today (5 December 2009). FIFA     President Joseph S. Blatter was joined by Western Cape Premier Helen     Zille, 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) CEO     Danny Jordaan, South African Football Association President Kirsten     Nematandani and Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town Dan Plato at the     celebration of the latest milestone of 20 Centres for 2010, the Official     Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.     Among     the special guests were Football for Hope ambassador Dr Gabriele Princess     Inaara the Begum Aga Khan and former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas     Radebe.

   

The     centre, which is the first of 20 community centres, will     help to tackle HIV/AIDS and some of the biggest issues facing young people     across the African continent. “With the opening of this Football for Hope     Centre, we can now see the real legacy that the 2010 FIFA World Cup will     leave in Africa,” said the FIFA     President. “This centre will use people’s passion for football to     transform communities and to provide hope and opportunities for young     people. Many years from now people will still be benefiting from this and     the other 20 Centres for 2010.”

   

The next five centres will be built by FIFA and its strategic ally     streetfootballworld in disadvantaged communities in Kenya, Namibia, Mali,     Rwanda and Ghana and will address crucial issues like health, education,     gender equality, peace-building and the environment as well as HIV and     AIDS – considered to be one of the greatest challenges faced by young     people in Africa.

   

“When the FIFA President asked me to become a Football For Hope     ambassador several months ago, I accepted very happily. Football for Hope     offers a unique platform for various sectors of society to implement     social change,” said Begum Inaara Aga Khan.

   

The     centre in Khayelitsha has been built in an area once notorious for crime     and violence as part of an initiative to breathe new life into the     community. It provides rooms for public health services and informal     education, office space, common space for community gatherings and a     football turf pitch.

   

“We are     hoping that this initiative will have a positive influence in our society     and enhance our efforts to build a better future for our young people. For     us it was always important that this FIFA World Cup would touch the lives     of ordinary people, and this campaign is a great example,”  explained Nematandani.    

   

Each of     the 20 centres will be run by an existing community organisation. The     Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha will be managed by Grassroot     Soccer, a South African-based non-profit organisation that uses football     to educate young people about HIV and AIDS and empower them with the     knowledge to live HIV-free. “This was more like a crime spot, but now it     is more like an activity spot where people come to enjoy themselves,” said     Zamayedwa Sogayise, chairperson of the Khayelitsha Development     Forum.    

   

To     find out more about the Football for Hope movement, please visit the     official website FIFA.com. Football for Hope is a movement led by     FIFA and streetfootballworld.

   

Note     for editors:

   

Footage     and photos from the inauguration are available free of charge for     editorial purpose on ftp.fifa.org (Username:     media_sa, Password: obisRfXen632) and

   

on www.streetfootballworld.org/press. For     detailed background information please visit the FIFA Media Channel     (http://media.fifa.com)

   

For     further information please contact:

   

Media     Office     Johannesburg: e-mail: media-sa@fifa.org,     SA office: Delia Fischer, mobile: +27832010470, Wolfgang Eichler, mobile:     +27832010471; Mike Geddes, streetfootballworld, e-mail: Geddes@streetfootballworld.org,     mobile: +27 (76) 5073157; www.FIFA.com.

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