The board of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust met today in Johannesburg, South Africa, to assess the progress of the first grants that were issued at the beginning of the year and set the requirements for the next phase of applications.
Under the chairmanship of the South African Football Association (SAFA) President Dr. Danny Jordaan, and with representatives of FIFA, SAFA, the South African government and the South African Business Community, the board commended the work achieved so far. The 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust was established in the wake of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to promote and extend the development of football in South Africa and support initiatives using football as a tool for social development. The first 973 beneficiaries were approved in January 2013 and the initial results are promising.
In the area of social development, the Legacy Trust is supporting a number of Football for Hope Centres across Africa, an initiative which has already brought education and health services to over 70,000 young people in disadvantaged communities in 16 countries across Africa.
Moreover, a total of 800 legacy bags that consist of football equipment to the value of ZAR 7500 were distributed to clubs and schools across the country.
The Legacy Trust also funded a number of key football grassroots activities implemented by the South African Football Association and its regional and local affiliates, including a Women`s High Performance Programme and Women`s Regional Leagues, as well as U-13, U-15, Beach Soccer and Futsal competitions.
In an effort to ensure accountability and compliance, all awarded projects have to submit a progress report and are being monitored by the administration of the Trust.
Looking at the next phase of application for the period March 2014 to February 2015, the board approved a total budget of ZAR 60 million to be allocated to projects and has set the following categories for the presentation of applications:
· Equipment and kit
· Regional football entities
· Sport schools, including public specialised schools
· Football for Hope
· NGOs working on social development through football
The application process will now be opening on the 20 November 2013 and close on the 31 January 2014.
The Chairperson of the Trust, Dr. Danny Jordaan said that he was particularly pleased with the outcomes of the first phase of funding and noted that “the World Cup left a lasting legacy given the positive response received from beneficiaries particularly the grass roots clubs. The impact of this funding can now be seen through the emergence of the leagues for the U-13 and U-15 boys and girls at the various Local Football Associations and the qualification of the Youth Teams at international levels”.
FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke said that “Our commitment when we set up this Trust was to ensure that the FIFA World Cup leaves a lasting legacy in its host country by supporting long term football development in South Africa and social development organisations. I'm happy to see that we are making progress and fulfll our commitment”.