Football Project

AYPAD developed a soccer program to engage youth, many who live on the streets. The club was formed in 2008 and then reformed in January 2010 due to lack of funds. Since the club’s start, AYPAD has trained over 120 youths, some of whom now play in national and international clubs. It started with help of Norton Blue SL Limited which made it possible for AYPAD to purchase footballs, jerseys, hire a part-time coach, and pay for the playing field. The training usually occurs three times a week throughout the year. Before games, the team gathers to warm-up and to eat a meal provided by AYPAD. AYPAD continues to seek new partners who are interested in supporting the boys who play on our football team so that they are able to continue to play as well as work towards providing them with food, shelter, education, and an opportunity to build a peaceful society within our countries of operation.

Final Goal

$17, 000

Fund Raised

$2,100

12.35%

Goals

1. To support young people in their social development.
2. To provide opportunities outside of formal institutions where young people can come together.
3. To generate fund for young people to get off the street, onto a pitch, and into a house.
4. To promote peace through football.

The Challenge

    In many African countries, opportunities for young people are scarce. Communities struggle with ways to make money, and education is not provided for by the state. Many of these young people are also in need of shelter. These conditions result in young people in Africa living on the streets and engaging in criminal activities as a means of survival.

The Solution

The Football Project intends to identify, organize, mobilize, and encourage less privileged young people to actively engage in football to reduce the traumatic effect of living on the street. AYPAD’s first soccer club was formed in 2008 in Sierra Leone with the help of Norton Blue SL Limited. The training is three times a week throughout the year, and before the games the team gathers to warm up and to eat a meal provided by AYPAD. We hope to continue to find more partners who can support the boy who play on our football teams. The aim is to take the program beyond football, providing the boys with food, shelter, education, and an opportunity to build peaceful communities.