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South East Football for Hope Centre

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The SEDYEA Football for Hope Centre uses the energy and enthusiasm that young people have for sports to draw them away from risky behaviors.

Centre opened!

Host Organization:
South East District Youth Empowerment Association (SEDYEA)
Football based programs since 2002, Network member since 2005

To create positive futures for your people and to contribute to the health and prosperity of their communities by establishing a sustainable innovative and accountable organization that can grow from a firm foundation to achieve a wider impact.

About the Centre Host:
SEDYEA is an offspring of a 2001 partnership between South East District Council, the City of Toronto and the Federation of the Canadian Municipalities, which mainly focused on palliative care and prevention of HIV/AIDS. SEDYEA was initiated in 2005. It works in partnership with Commonwealth Games Canada, UK sports, Schools without Borders, the German International Cooperation-YDF project and Mathare Youth Sports Association in Kenya to channel the energy and enthusiasm of young people away from risky behaviours which are the main factors in high incidence of HIV/AIDS in Botswana.

SEDYEA operates across the South East District of Botswana. The existing SEDYEA Youth Centre on the site in Ramotswa serves as the hub for all their programs that are currently implemented in five villages across the South East District, Ramotswa, Taung, Tlonkweng, Mogobane and Otse,referred to as zones.

Elisa Engel

The new Football for Hope Centre is located on the SEDYEA site, between the existing Youth Centre and the catering area, addressing both these spaces, and within close vicinity of the existing and the proposed football pitch. The approach to the new centre is via the existing landscape area around the Youth Centre. The L-shaped building forms a small arrival courtyard welcoming visitors and creating a sheltered social outdoor area. This courtyard is connected visually to the football pitches via the outdoor seminar room. The multi-purpose room, computer room and offices are all accessible directly off the courtyard via a covered circulation area. The outdoor seminar space is located facing both pitches to serve as a match planning area during practice sessions and a cover for the stage and spectator rest area during league days.

Vertical shading to the outdoor seminar area ensures that this space is shaded and usable all day, including the late afternoons when much of the match planning takes place.

The design proposes the use of materials that are long-lasting, robust, local where available and that create the most comfortable indoor environment possible. Walls are bagged and painted externally, creating a hard-wearing textured finish. In isolated areas, they will act as a form a canvas for local artists, tapping into the rich tradition of decorating buildings in Tswana culture. Local stone is used for external paving and for low walls that define external spaces and act as informal seating areas. Handmade bricks are used as contrasting paving in some areas. Floors internally are painted screed throughout, a robust finish that allows natural cooling from the ground into the building.

The proposed pitch ( an in-kind donation from Greenfields) is located to minimise the loss of existing trees and site clearance required. Due to the size of the pitch and the location of trees on the site, it was not possible to avoid loss of trees altogether, and unfortunately three existing trees will need to be removed, one of them mature. This will be offset by planting three new trees along the East of the building. In-kind donations will be sought to fund the planting of additional trees outside of this budget. The pitch is located alongside the existing football pitch, allowing for the 3m run-off required and for sufficient additional space to allow for benches to be located between the pitches (funded outside of this project).

The curves also create a variety of spaces within the center, to be used for its many different activities. They create enclosed spaces such as the offices, classrooms and computer rooms, which may need to be locked and/or conditioned. Semi-enclosed spaces, such as the multi-purpose space, are created for larger classes and lectures. Open spaces, such as the cultural space, allow for even larger events, such as dances and festivals, to occur on the site.

Sustainable Features:
The building orientation and roof overhangs are carefully designed to minimise heat gain during the summer months and to maximise heat gains during the winter months. The mono pitch roof and soffit creates tall spaces, further minimising overheating. The roof is made of IBR sheeting with a white Chromadeck finish to reflect heat and is insulated using recycled paper insulation (supply and installation of the the insulation is an in-kind donation from Ecoinsulation). The roof is fitted with gutters and rainwater downpipes to facilitate rainwater harvesting and one of the rainwater downpipes will be connected to an existing water storage tank on the site. A solar power installation to support the energy usage of the building and provide power backup during power cuts will be donated and installed by Yingli. Local clay bricks are used in the wall construction, they were selected for their low embodied energy and good thermal properties.

About the Football for Hope Campaign:

“20 Centres for 2010” is the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Its aim is to raise funds to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education, and football across Africa. The centres will address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people.

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Project Details

NAME: South East Football for Hope Centre
PROJECT LEAD: Football for Hope
LOCATION: Ramotswa, Botswana
START DATE: August 22, 2011
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
COST: $196741 USD (Final)
SIZE: 270 sq. m
PROJECT TYPE: Youth Center, Stadium/Sports Facility, Girl's Center, Community Center
CIVIL ENGINEER: NMA Consulting (Pty) Ltd, Gaborone
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT: Gaborone Hoses and Fittings
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: NMA Consulting (Pty) Ltd, Gaborone
, Alex Georgiades Consulting Engineer, Gaborone
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: A. R. Edwards and Associates Consulting Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, Gaborone
COST ESTIMATOR: Kille & Dannhauser, Chartered Quantity Surveyors, Gaborone
CONSTRUCTION: Rimu Enterprises
BENEFICIARIES: Young people between 10 and 25 years old across the South East District of Botswana.