SA charity offers media chance to follow Beckham

From Norman Brook, Cape Town

Journalists travelling to South Africa for the World Cup next month are invited to contact a Cape Town-based charity and follow in the footsteps of David Beckham to learn more about some important work using football to help orphans and vulnerable young people.

I am working with Skillshare International’s Coaching for Hope Programme in southern Africa as their Programme Manager. Coaching for Hope is an innovative programme that is training coaches and peer educators from marginalised communities to deliver quality football activity and to use football to teach life skills. Our programmes reach out to orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs), youth at risk, women, people with diabilities and people living with HIV/AIDS.

We have a strong programme running in Cape Town where we work with a range of partner organisations where we are developing football coaches who are working in communities affected by HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse.

If any SJA members who are intending to visit Cape Town for the England v Algeria match on June 18 would like to see the impact of football at a community level, Coaching for Hope would be happy to facilitate visits for them to some of our partner projects in the greater Cape Town area.

Coaching for Hope is an official charity partner of the FA and one of our young leaders, Nothemba Bambisa, recently accompanied David Beckham when he handed over the official England 2018 bid (see picture above).

Any SJA members wanting to take up this offer should contact me on or on +27 (0) 82 295 8208.

Norman Brook is a former national event coach in British athletics and was chief executive at the British triathlon federation from 2000-2007

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