Basic Information

  • Founded in: 2000
  • Located in: Ghana/Malawi/Zambia/Senegal/Cameroon/South Africa, under the US-based PLAY Soccer International umbrella

Short Description:
Play Soccer is a holistic recreational sport-for-development programme for children ages 5-14. In its programmes, it integrates the following 3 core curriculum components:

  • rules/skills of football
  • healthy education and lifestyle for physical development
  • promotion of social values and skills

Play Soccer, a streetfootballworld network member since 2002, also incorporates literacy and language skills into a participatory educational programme at the grassroots community level, having created a very flexible and powerful model programme for export. Volunteerism and community service, particularly for youth, have since the beginning been a major asset for all national projects.

Target Group:
Disadvantaged children aged 5-14 with particular encouragement to girls' participation.

Thematic Field(s):

  • Children's Rights and Education
  • Environment
  • Health Promotion
  • Antidiscrimination and Social Integration
  • Peace and Reconciliation

Support in the Framework of the Football for Hope Movement:
In 2007 and 2008, Football for Hope is supporting the Play Soccer programmes currently running in Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, Malawi, Cameroon and Zambia. The funding will go towards the strengthening of existing sites and the expansion into new areas within the respective countries, with the aim of reaching out to a large number of children currently not involved in Play Soccer activities. Special focus will be applied to Play Soccer programmes across the African continent on the establishment of Play Soccer Leagues for both young girls and boys.

Contact Details:
Contact Person: Judy McPherson
Address: P.O. Box 106 NJ 08542-0106 Princeton United States