Construction for the first Football for Hope Centre in the Khayelitsha township of Cape Town has started in May. This 200 square meter building and adjacent 20x40 meter artificial turf pitch, constructed by Drucan, will enable local organisations in underprivileged communities to promote education and public health through football-related programmes. The Centre Host is the South Africa-based organisation Grassroot Soccer that uses football as a tool to fight HIV/AIDS. The centre, designed by local Cape Town architects arG Design, is slated to be completed in November 2009, in time for the Football for Hope Centre Kick Off inauguration ceremony on December 5th immediately following the 2010 FIFA World Cup South AfricaTM Final Draw. This event will mark the first of 20 such centres to be built in Africa as part of the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM South Africa “Football for Hope – 20 Centres for 2010”. We would also like to thank Henry Fagan of Henry Fagan and Partners for the pro-bono Structural Engineer services, and LDM for their pro-bono Quantity Surveyor services.
Meanwhile, schematic designs are underway for three other Football for Hope Centres in Namibia, Mali and Kenya. In Windhoek, Namibia, local architects, Paul Munting and Nina Maritz, have started to design the Football for Hope Centre where Special Olymics is going to be the Centre Host. In Bamako, Mali, Habib Sissoko, now a California resident but originally from Mali, is working on a design for Centre Host AMPJF inspired by his insight on local construction. Finally, in Nairobi, Kenya, Seattle Architect, April Bottman-Haase, is starting concept designs for Centre host MYSA.