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Alexandra Football for Hope Center


The Alexandra Football for Hope Centre provides the youth of the township of Alexandra with a safe space to learn about HIV prevention and fell empower to fight for an HIV free world.

Center is officially opened!

The Alexandra Football for Hope centre's official opening ceremony was held on November 12th, the center is now ready to be used and GRS can't wait to move in. Check the details of the opening ceremony on our website here.

Host Organization:
Grassroot Soccer (GRS)
Network member since 2005

Using the power of soccer in the fight against AIDS, Grassroot Soccer provides African youth with the skills and support to live HIV free.

About the Centre Host:
Grassroot Soccer is a South African-based, non-profit organisation that uses football to educate young people about HIV and Aids and empower them with the knowledge to live HIV-free.
Professional football players founded GRS as a project aimed at mobilising the global football community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The organization trains local role models (including professional football players) to deliver an interactive, football-themed behavior development curriculum to young people, who are then empowered as peer educators to teach the community at large what they have learned.

GRS works primarily in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, and Botswana. In addition, through selected partnerships, the curriculum is being implemented in other African countries, such as Ethiopia, Liberia, Lesotho, and Namibia. With the help of various partners within the GRS network, the programmes are now expanding throughout the developing world.

The Football for Hope Centre in Alexandra will offer GRS a space to improve it innovative HIV prevention and life-skills curriculum, share it program and concept effectively, and utilize the popularity of soccer to increase it impact.

Unathi Mkonto

The Football for Hope site is located in Alexandra, a township of Johannesburg, South Africa. Alexandra is one of the poorest urban areas in the country, with a large proportion of informal dwellings.

The Centre should promote of healthy positive attitude and be a change instigator. It needs to reflect Grassroots soccer’s values while being a structure that relates to the local cultural heritage. The centre will create a hub for social activity in the neighborhood, it is strategically located on municipal grounds which include existing facilities serving the benefit of the local community.

The building should contribute to the activation of an urban edge, the building and site entrance will engage and address the street as an important element of the project. The new building will create a connection between the public space and the existing buildings. The project should create direct access from the street to the pitch and organize the different outdoor activities.
The indoor and outdoor spaces will have a strong visual connection, based around the admin block to increase security on site.

The building’s design reflects clarity and simplicity of forms. The materials are kept raw and visible with durable and low-maintenance finishes. The design uses height and light to increase the volume in the small spaces. The single roof folds to emphasize the proportions of the building and respond to the sun pattern.

Sustainable Features:

  • Insulated building envelope and or thermal mass
  • re-purposed materials and recycled materials whenever available and economically viable
  • Natural daylight: A high degree of natural daylight ensures a low use of electrical light.
  • Solar power and solar thermal water heating. The project includes a base donation of solar power products and installation as a turnkey sub-contract with Yingli Solar, with Phaesun as the implementing agent.
  • Socio-economic impact with this work in sourcing labour materials and local fabrication.

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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Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa


Project Details

NAME: Alexandra Football for Hope Center
PROJECT LEAD: Football for Hope
LOCATION: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
START DATE: February 01, 2011
COST: $150000 USD (Estimated)
SIZE: 180 sq. m
PROJECT TYPE: Community Center
PROJECT PARTNER: Architecture for Humanity
ENGINEERING: Themba Consulting Engineers
CONTRACTOR(S): Ubuhlebethu
PROJECT PARTNER: streetfootballworld
BENEFICIARIES: Community members from the Alexandra Township outside of Johannesburg, South Africa