Football has become a vital instrument for hundreds of social development programs run by non-government and community based organisations all around the world.
These programs are providing children and young people with valuable tools that make a difference to their lives by addressing the most pressing issues in each community, they are contributing to positive social change on a global scale.
Boys and girls from around the globe between the ages of 15 and 18 yrs, who in their respective countries are members of organisations that tackle social issues using football, form the 32 delegations that are participating in the Football For Hope festival between 4 July to 10 July in the township of Alexandra in Johannesburg.
Millions around the world play football and it is a tool that brings peace and harmony. It is a privilege that Alexandra is hosting the “baby” world cup of FIFA. As a disadvantaged community we are very happy about the FFH Festival, because it will bring the community together and it’s a legacy that will be left by FIFA.
I am convinced that the time is right to build on understanding, to encourage governments, development agencies, and communities to think how sport can bring people together to be one Nation. Alexandra has a rich history in sports especially in football, so I say let us embrace the game let the love spread for the 32 teams that will be playing on Sunday.