Khayelitsha Football for Hope Centre

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Latest Update From Khayeslistha – December 05, 2010


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…… Read More


As the continent celebrated Africa Day today (25 May 2009), another milestone was achieved in ensuring that the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ leaves a legacy in Africa, with the official ground-breaking ceremony for the first of the 20 Football for Hope Centres, in Khayelitsha in Cape Town. This project is part of ’20 Centres for 2010′, the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, which aims to build 20 Football for Hope community centres in South Africa, Mali, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Namibia and other still-to-be-determined locations across Africa….. Read More

About the Campaign:
“20 Centres for 2010” is the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Its aim is to raise funds to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education and football across Africa. The centres will address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people. The Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha is the first of the 20 Football for Hope Centres in Africa. Read more about The Football for Hope Campaign.

Location: Harare Community – Khayelitsha Township – Cape Town, South Africa
The site for the Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha has been prepared and provided by the City of Cape Town and the Khayelitsha Development Forum as part of the Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrade (VPUU) programme.

Centre Host organisation: Grassroot Soccer (GRS) Read More
Mission: Using the power of soccer in the fight against AIDS, Grassroot Soccer provides African youth with the skills and support to live HIV free.Target population: Girls and boys ages 12-18 years
Network Member since: 2005

About the Centre Host:

Grassroot Soccer is 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. The Football for Hope Centre in Khayelitsha will provide Grassroot Soccer with the platform to deliver its programme in the community as the Centre Host.

Grassroot Soccer was founded by professional football players in Bulwayo, Zimbabwe as a project aimed at mobilising the global football community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Following more than one year of curriculum development and critical evaluation, GRS began to expand its programs outside the borders of Zimbabwe.

The organisation trains local role models (including professional football players) to deliver an interactive football themed behaviour development curriculum to youths. Youths are then empowered as peer educators to teach the community at large what they’ve learned. These educational programmess take place in schools, at community centres, and on football fields throughout the developing world.

GRS works primarily in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. In addition, through selected partnerships, the curriculum is being implemented in other African countries, such as Ethiopia, Liberia, Lesotho, and Namibia. With the help of various partners within the GRS network, the programmes are now expanding throughout the developing world.

Design Intent by arG Design

The Design of the FFH Centre, Khayelitsha, was influenced by Urban Design Guidelines from the CoCT which requested interactive edges towards all public sides of the building as the precinct is defined by high crime rates. Being situated between a small scaled settlement around Nakaye Street and a large public open space with high pedestrian traffic the intention of the Design Team was to orientate the Centre along the pedestrian route to enhance the interaction between the community and the managing NGO ‘Grassroot Soccer’. For the optimal usage of the spaces a courtyard is created, framed by a multifunctional room, kitchenette, counseling and change rooms, bathrooms and an office. TO increase the safety on site a flat fo rthe centre’s caretaker is funded by the local organization VPUU and is positioned on the 1st Floor to survey the site and its environment.

An artificial turf is being built along with the construction of the centre which supports the programs of Grassroot Soccer to achieve social uplifting through soccer for 10 to 18 year old boys and girls. For a strong relation between indoor and outdoor activities the design provides high transparancy.

Trees, benches and covered outdoor spaces are required for gatherings and theoretical training sessions around health, education, and soccer.

The major design challenge is to include the required function into a compact volume with the mentioned qualities. As life in a settlement like Khayelitsha happens mainly outdoors, external spaces of high value are essential to increase the positive perception of a safe and welcoming place.

Sustainable Design Features:

  • Bricks are produced in Cape Town, using 96% recycled crushed aggregate for the production, low embodied energy.
  • The cavity wall is designed for thermal performance and prevents internal moisture damage from heavy rain.
  • Roof sheeting – Galvanized natural corrugated iron sheeting produced in Cape Town. Insulation Environmentally friendly ISOTHERM / ISOBOARD in the roof prevent internal heat increase in summer and loss of natural warmth in winter.
  • Low cost devices – Low energy light bulbs to save on energy. Low water flush WCs and manual low flush urinal connected to water collection system to re-use grey water. Water saving shower heads and demand taps to save on clean water
  • Food garden – The space along the northern edge of the site for a food garden for training purpuses and food production to support children’s nutrition plan. Demonstration wormery for organic composting with 2 sqm gardens for household food security.
  • Landscape – The gravel surfaces and partly the brick paving allows drainage of rainwater into the ground.
  • Citus fruit trees – Harvestable fruit trees are planned on the courtyard and along the pedestrian walkway to provide shade and comfort and to cool down the atmosphere in summer.
  • Rain water collection – Rain water tanks to be installed in the backyard to reuse greywater to the toilets / into the irrigation system.
  • Photovoltaic panels – Solar cells to supplement electricity for the Centre on site.
  • Ventilation – A high degree of natural ventilation is allowed in the building to avoid the use of air conditioning.
  • Natural daylight – A high degree of natural daylight ensures a low use of artificial light.
  • Construction waste – the Contractor is committed to separate waste on site and re-cycle where possible.
  • The program of the user includes waste recycling concepts.
  • Orientation – The building is positioned to get optimal daylight at all times. Glazing towards north is positioned and sized to prevent overheating.

Thank you to all of our Architects, Contractors, and Professionals who have contributed to this program

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