Our Story Started in 2009

When Ubuntu Founders Casey Prince and Michael Jenkins met for the first time in 2009, they very soon discovered that they shared two passions - some might even say obsessions. Both of these men were football fanatics with a deep concern about the generation of boys growing up in some of South Africa’s toughest communities without fathers, mentors or role models. They both believe that football has a unique power to inspire and motivate young people not only to demand more for themselves, but from themselves in other areas such as character, spiritual growth and education.  

These passions became a dream, and in 2011 the dream became a reality, with 16 boys between the ages of 12 and 13-years-old, becoming the very first Ubuntu Football Academy class. With no sponsors, resources or even a bank account, Ubuntu’s first intake of boys was all drawn from communities within driving distance for Casey and Michael, who would fetch boys for training every afternoon and drive them home afterwards. They felt that the only way to pursue this dream was to start doing what they could with what they had. If all they could do was invest in those 16 boys through to their adulthood, that’s exactly what they were going to do.  

By the end of 2011, they raised sponsorship to put those first 16 boys into an excellent local school, and the Ubuntu Football Academy became a full-time football and education program. This meant opening bank accounts, registering a trust and applying for non-profit status, so the Ubuntu Football Trust became a proper organisation. By 2013, Ubuntu’s support base had grown sufficiently and allowed an intake of a new group of 12-year-olds. Since then the Academy has added an age group each year, growing to 90 boys between 12 and 18-years-old, with a residential facility for those coming from further afield, and a number of community-based satellite Football Forward programs operating in various communities around Cape Town.  

In 2016, the Ubuntu Football Academy registered as an independent school, starting with Grades 6 through 8 in January 2017. The vision is to offer a creative, effective and individual-focused education to every boy in the Academy. Become a part of our story by partnering with us - click here to learn more.

Timeline

2008

Mike and Casey Meet

2009

Ubuntu Sports Outreach Founded

Casey Joins Mike in Cape Town

2010

Start Working in Schools in the Southern Peninsula

First One Valley Festival

First AcademyTrials

2011

Launched the Ubuntu Football Academy With Under 13s

Partnership With Fish Hoek Association Football Club

2012

Start of Football Forward program

Partnership with Sun Valley Group of Schools for Boys' Education

First Boys Make the Board Team

2013

Launch of Ubuntu Teammates Sponsorship Program

Started Adding One Age Group Per Year in the Academy

2014

First Academy Group of Under 12s

Won First Super League Championship

2015

Academy Residence Opens for 15 Boys

First group of Boys Matriculate

Merger of Ubuntu Football and ASD

2016

6 Boys Sent To America for College ID Camps

Luke Fleurs becomes first Ubuntu Player to join U-17 National Team

2017

Ubuntu Football School Opens

Expansion of Residence for 26 Boys