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Ubuntu boysThe Halls work in the townships surrounding Cape Town, South Africa.  They serve as mentors and coaches to the youth with Ubuntu Football and work primarily in the communities of Ocean View and Masiphumelele.

“But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.'” 

Luke 18:16

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Ubuntu Football The vision of Ubuntu Football  is to mentor and disciple the next generation of great African men and women footballers and leaders.  Ubuntu Football has three major programs, Ubuntu Football Forward, Ubuntu Football Girls and the Ubuntu Football Academy, that focus on spiritual, educational and athletic priorities.  Football Forward is a grassroots community based after school program for kids 8-12 years old.  Football Forward provides discipleship and skills based training in a fun and engaging environment.  The Ubuntu Football Academy is a more intensive, focused investment in a smaller group of exceptionally talented players ages 13 to 18.  The Academy players receive scholarships to an excellent school, along with daily training with full-time coaches and ongoing mentorship, discipleship and leadership training.  Both programs embody the following priorities:

  • Spiritual – to see the young players transformed as they come to know and love Christ as they walk with him daily in a life-changing, world-impacting way
  • Educational – to equip the Academy players for higher education opportunities by providing them a quality primary and high school education
  • Athletic – to offer a football development program that is world class and allows the players to love the game and become the very best players they are capable of being.

Erik and Melissa are coaches, mentors, parents, and friends to the youth and families of Ubuntu Football.  They invest deeply into the lives of the youth and families in the local townships.

Erik – Director of OperationsIMG_5550 Erik is Ubuntu Football’s Director of Operations and responsible for managing the details within Ubuntu Football.  He helps set the future movement of the organization as well as organizes and manages transportation, payments, budgets, fundraising, communications, and marketing. Erik assists in the development of the Football Forward training curriculum as well as growth of the program into additional townships.  Erik also coaches and mentors a U14 boy’s team.
UFG1Melissa – Director of Football Forward Melissa is Ubuntu Football’s Director of Football Forward and creates technical training curriculum and manages staff coaches and volunteers.  One of Melissa’s top priorities is to grow the program in the townships of Ocean View and Masiphumelele and beyond.  Melissa coaches the U11 Academy team and has created our pilot girls program, Ubuntu Football Girls.  The vision is to offer the same opportunities of the Academy program to girls.

 

The Townships Ubuntu Football is primarily located in the townships surrounding Cape Town, South Africa.  Townships in South Africa are a product of apartheid where non-whites where evicted from areas designated as “white only” and forced to move into segregated settlements as part of the Group Areas Act.  Townships are typically associated with a town or city and have populations of roughly 30,000 to almost a million.  Life in the townships is not easy where public services, roads, electricity, sewer, and water are poorly provided; violence is typical; and poverty is the norm.  The Ocean View and Masiphumelele townships are where Ubuntu Football is currently having its largest impact.

OV69Ocean View Ocean View township was formed in the late 1960’s to 1970’s during the Group Areas Act; all coloured people were forcefully relocated from the ‘white communities’ of Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek and Noordhoek to this settlement. It was ironically named Ocean View, with residents being removed from their previous sea-side homes and views. As a result, its history is embedded in apartheid, and there is still much bitter resentment among many people. The coloured people of Ocean View  not only originate from the Khoi-San group but have slave ancestry and therefore have a unique, separate heritage from black South Africans. (more…)
Masiphumelele M58Formerly known as Site 5, residents renamed their township Masiphumelele, which means ‘we shall succeed’ in Xhosa, the main language of the Masi people. Masiphumelele was originally created in the early 1990’s from an overflow of people from the Khayelitsha township and a nearby squatter camp. It was designed for only 750 families, with no provision for community based businesses. The township has grown rapidly and although official figures suggest around 16,000 residents, unofficial estimates reach as high as 30,000. (more…)

Ubuntu Football serves in and with the people of the townships because that is where the need for Jesus and His saving grace is. When a person’s life is consumed with just surviving, it is sometimes difficult to experience love. Ubuntu Football brings intentional investment of time and energy into the townships with the hope that by showing the love of Jesus, the people of the townships can understand and accept that same love. “Then the King will say to those on his right, Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:34-40