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Edendale Football for Hope Centre

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Speaking in the universal language of football, the Edendale Football for Hope Centre provides health and vocational training.

The building is finally complete! The team is now working on the pitch, which has been delayed because of bad material found on site. We are almost there.

Host Organization:
Whizzkids United
Football based programs since 2003, Network member since 2007

Providing a sustainable, integrated and comprehensive youth health service
Ensuring an environment that nurtures healthy, motivated, confident youth who promote gender equality amongst all; designing services in partnership with the youth; and providing quality training, technical expertise, and continual evaluation in pursuit of excellence.

About the Centre Host:
WKU was developed in response to the staggering high numbers of HIV infection amongst youth in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The HIV prevalence rate in KwaZulu-Natal is estimated at 16.5%*, with ante-natal clinics in some areas reporting prevalence rates above 60%, making this province the epicentre of the HIV/AIDS crisis both nationally and globally! WhizzKids experience working with youth, enabled them to realise that kids learn and respond best when they are motivated and when the method of learning is appropriate, dynamic, goal orientated and delivered in a language that kids speak and understand. As a result, WhizzKids United recognized that football is the perfect tool with which to teach as it speaks a universal language which appeals to all children, both boys and girls, and in doing so transcends culture and background. WKU has local branches in KZN, North West, Western Cape, Gauteng, and the Eastern cape. The Edendale branch of WKU at the Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, will be implementing the Edendale FFH Centre.

Luvuyo Mfungula, Rogerio Nogueira da Costa, Preshanta Vandeyar

The recurring theme with the design of the Edendale football for hope center is the challenge posed by the brief as per the center host to be accommodated within the confines of the allocated land. Being an existing and operational facility already, the design concept has to take in to account the use of space while the center is being built. The design proposal should form the basis of a smooth transition into the new space which will integrate with the existing into a whole while acknowledging the identities of the respective facilities. The size of the pitch and slope of the ground encourages a consideration of the spatial relationships especially with respect to movement within the center. Meticulous scrutiny of the terrain revealed a gully of services lying below the surface and thus encumbered the trajectory of design that had been pursued. The current design takes advantage of its North - South orientation optimizing passive climate control through integral design innovations allowing solar heat gain when necessary and encouraging natural ventilation through the buildings.

The multi- purpose hall becomes the main space around which the rest of the spaces are planned, being an active and most public entity it is only befitting that it be flexible enough to contain an area for private gatherings while also being able to open up and flow out into the surrounding covered walkway leading onto the field that is set into the slope. This enables a double function for the soil retaining wall around the field as seating for spectators. The modified upright container becomes a prominent beacon at the entrance approach, visible from the road identifying the center from afar. There is a fluid relationship between the public lavatories and the main areas of activity, access to the disabled toilet is via a ramp and is situated not too far from the reception in case assistance is required. A computer lab is situated off the reception entrance so that access can be monitored, with ample storage for equipment. The covered walkway makes for a good viewing platform for spectators around the football pitch and also functions as an external vestibule connecting the program spaces. The OVC programs currently running in the existing meeting hall will have access to a more sizable kitchen space with a pantry for storage, serving the multi-purpose hall and surrounding covered walkway. The center host made it very clear that a space far removed from the rest of the center would be necessary for staff to use as a lounge for resting between shifts and also a private gathering space with its own separate entrance. The facility has a secure perimeter fence with a single point of entry to control access which is a benefit in the long term in reducing vandalism. The community garden program is relocated to the south of the existing building, away from the main spaces of activity. Due to the strict guidelines from the Department of health, cost cutting measures had to be made within the design of the center as the finishes recommended had to be adhered to. The overall approach with the design was of keeping the essence of the existing building while improving the aesthetic value of the new structure to be more contemporary and exciting.

Sustainable Features:

  • Orientation: The proposed building's north facing orientation optimizes sunlight and heat gain during the cold winter months, whilst the mono-pitched roof with a large overhang ensures north facing openings are protected from harsh sunlight during the warm summer months.
  • Cross Ventilation: The proposed building includes a number of strategically placed windows/fenestrations, which promote cross ventilation. WIndows within the north and south façade will encourage airflow, cooling the building during hot summer days. Cross ventilation also ensures that the building has constant airflow, avoiding "sick building syndrome."
  • Passive Airflow: The clerestory windows within the double volume multi-purpose space encourage passive airflow. Heat gain due to high summer temperatures is decreased by encouraging warm rising air to escape through windows placed at a high level. This constant air flow acts as a natural air conditioner.
  • Heat Retention: The proposed roof includes an overhang on the north facing façade, which acts as a natural sun shading device during the warm summer months. The low sun angle during the winter months creates a build up of heat along the north facing brick façade, the large roof overhang retains much of this heat gain by shielding/preventing the loss of rising warm air. A donation of insulation from Eco-Insulation will insulate the building's roof, avoiding heat loss during the winter months whilst retaining cool air during the summer months.
  • Heat Pump: A residential heat pump is proposed to assist in providing the facility with hot water. The heat pump uses ambient heat as opposed to electricity to warm cold water for consumer use. The heat pump decreases the use of electricity which decreases the running costs of the centre.
  • Solar Power: Donated solar power flood lights by Yingli Solar utilize the hot African Sun during winter and summer months to light up the football pitch. These street lights are powered by 100% solar energy, thus decreasing electricity use and lifestyle costs.
  • Re-used Materials: The construction of the new FFH Centre in Edendale includes the re-use of some construction materials, including the concrete posts of existing fencing. Furthermore, 80% of the unearthed materials from the existing tar pitch have been re-used within the construction of the foundation. Through this creative re-use of materials, the centre generated less waste and CO2 emissions.
  • Biodiversity: Whilst the construction includes the felling of 2 mature trees from the Coral Family, the scheme includes a landscape donation from Marina Landscapers which will contribute to the site's ecology. The donation includes 7 trees - 3 of which are fruit trees, which will provide the WhiZZKids Academy with a little more food to continue feeding underprivileged children in Edendale. 1 Tree is an evergreen, which will provide additional shade for the users and the building during hot summer days. The 7 trees will encourage biodiversity and ensure that small insects such as butterflies will continue to habitat the site.

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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Edendale Hospital
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa