Uzimatele Football League
As the whistle is blown and the first match begins, the most extraordinary transformation takes place. Without witnessing it first hand it’s hard to believe. The dusty pitch sprouts a lush green carpet, the surrounding slum fades away and a theater like the Colosseum rises up around the players. In an instant the abject poverty loses its grip and the players, like the stars of the World Cup, set their sights on greatness. But then the whistle blows again and the players bump back to reality.
This is Gituamba.
Football is played all around the world but never is it just a game. It can invoke pride, passion and patriotism. In Gituamba it inspires hope.
The benefits of the Uzimatele Community League are both immediate and lasting. School holidays are long and for the young people who have no toys or possessions they are also boring. It’s not long before many turn to drugs and/or alcohol. Not only does the league provide young people with entertainment throughout the holidays, we also work to teach them that they can achieve their dreams, whatever they may be.
The Uzimatele League brings over 300 young boys and girls together. Alongside the tournaments we run ‘Nurture to Empower’ sessions designed to teach the young people the importance and benefits of caring for their community and investing in their future. Sessions address issues that the young people come into regular contact with: HIV and AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse and gang culture. We also run a community day when the players work together to clean some of Gituamba’s public areas or take food parcels to local families.
Success on and off the pitch
We work to ensure that every young person who participates in the football league is given opportunities improve their situation and overcome their challenges. As well as the Nurture to Empower sessions we work to develop young leaders with responsibilities.
... is bright. We are keen to develop an academy where the players will be able to train on a prepared and permanent pitch. The Academy will also house a community library and training centre. If you would like to know more about these plans or find out how you can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.