The PFA and TackleAfrica visit Hout Bay
Today, the PFA and TackleAfrica met with British Consul General in Cape Town, Edward Roman along with Mayibuye Magwaza (Political and Communications Officer).
Edward Roman was appointed Consul General in Cape Town in August 2015, having previously served as Deputy Consul General and (non-resident) Deputy High Commissioner to Namibia.
The Consul General is the senior UK official in a Consulate General, which is a subordinate office to the Embassy or High Commission, usually located in another major city. The Consul General represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular and trade activities in their city or region as well as promoting the bilateral political relationship.
We explained the purpose of the Education and CSR to trip to South Africa and discussed the significant impact the regular visits from the PFA and Coaching for Hope/TackeAfrica over the last 9 years has had in the local communities and townships with the hope that their influence would be beneficial to the local charities on the ground.
In the Afternoon, the team visited The Hout Bay United Football Community. Football, or soccer as it is locally known, is enjoyed by South Africans of every background – often you’ll find the biggest fans in areas where pitches resemble sand pits and goal posts and nets exist only in the imagination of the players – kids dream of playing for Barcelona or local sides like Orlando Pirates & Ajax Cape Town.
Their aim is to unite the people of Hout Bay through the ‘Beautiful Game’. The charity aspires to Build cross – community cohesion through football (South Africa has many historic cross-community barriers) and use football to provide youth mentorship and development through football – giving them aspirations, pride, strong mentors and assistance with education It also aims to build successful football activities / programmes / teams / players.
Earlier this month, a fire raged through Mandela Park in the Imizamo Yethu township in Hout Bay, in the Western Cape, destroying about 650 homes. 2,000 people lost their homes and many of the victims are currently living in camps at Hout Bay United Football Community whilst the rebuilding takes place.
The PFA presented the club with training equipment and provided players with a football shirt donated by Liverpool and Everton FC. We then split the squad into 2 teams (Liverpool vs Everton) with PFA staff managing and refereeing the games.
The club was also presented with 18 pairs of football boots provided by Liverpool Football Club’s first team players and they were overwhelmed by the English Premier League club generosity.
For more information on Hout Bay Football Community please visit: hbufc.co.za
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