Our players and their story:
One of the Academy’s biggest achievements in the past fourteen months is our underprivileged football initiative. Currently we have twenty (20) players who we provide transport, training kits, boots, facilities and structured training sessions by our Accredited and Mentored Coaches.
How are players scouted and selected:
Roro Stamper, our head scout for the Langa and Gugulethu suburbs, selects talented players who are potentially subjected to unfavourable living conditions and who are not registered with any football clubs. He is well known in both suburbs as a football coach, and is a role model to many underprivileged youngsters. He generously offers his services to the academy without remuneration and has been a great asset to both the academy and the kids selected to attend the academy.
What are the objectives of the initiative:
The objective of the initiative is to educate the players within a structured and disciplined footballing environment. The academy quickly becomes a support base for these players and provides them with a real sense of pride and belonging.
Who are our selected players:
All of our selected players are incredibly talented footballers who have been dealt a difficult hand in life. For many of the players, their only chance at making a success in life, is with the support of our staff both on and off the pitch.
Who funds the initiative:
Funding is challenging and currently all our players are funded by co-owners Justin Behrens (28 years old) and Marinus de Villiers (23 years old), as well as one or two generous parents who assist on an ad hoc basis with contributions towards transport.
How will the initiative change lives log-term:
We believe that with the players being exposed to our qualified coaching staff (equipped with degrees/honours degrees in sport, as well as holding European Coaching Licenses), that they great role models to motivate them to achieve their own success.
Do sponsors receive a Tax Donations Certificate:
For significant contributions, we certainly issue our sponsors with a Tax Donations Certificates though UK based Active Communities Network, who are involved and in partnership with a number of local South African and African initiatives.
How to get involved as an individual or a business?
To get in touch, kindly phone or email our team using the details below. Our contact number below goes directly to the founder, Justin and he will be able to advise on how to move forward, should you wish to be involved in this wonderful opportunity.
We look forward to working with you and your organisation, as we strive to assist those less fortunate through sport!