Our mission is to mentor and educate the next generation of great African leaders, society-changers and footballers.
Ubuntu Football was born in response to a crisis of fatherlessness in South African society, where 60% of children are growing up without a father in the home.*
Fatherlessness can increase a child’s risk of low self-esteem, impaired cognitive and academic development, risky sexual behavior, depression and other emotional disorders. (SARRI)
We are dreaming and hope for the day where every child in South Africa has a positive father-figure in their lives.
We want to raise future leaders and society changers by:
Providing role models and mentors
Providing a quality education
Investing in discipleship, mental skills and leadership development
Our program is built around a few key pillars: Football Forward, Ubuntu Skills School, and the Ubuntu Football Academy. All three of these programs prioritize character and leadership development through football.
Ubuntu Football Forward
Football Forward is our community level, grassroots program. At each Football Forward site, we provide free high-level technical and skill development to the best 9-11 year olds from the surrounding area, in hopes that we can help raise the level of football in Cape Town. First and foremost, each football forward site serves as a way to give back to the community. We focus on individual ball skill, 1v1’s, small-sided games, all to create a fun, disciplined growth environment. We also emphasize character and leadership with a Bible-based lifeskill that allows players to discuss issues related to family, community, school, and football.
ubuntu skills school
The Ubuntu Skills School is our newest initiative for footballers from ages 6-12. We have four different locations around Cape Town, including Southern Suburbs, Fish Hoek, Mitchell’s Plain, and Strandfontein. Ball mastery, 1V1s, mini games, and life skills are just a few of the focuses. Our model moving forward is to create two types of Skills Schools, one for selected footballers and one that is open to boys and girls of all football abilities. These will be able to operate at the same venue on the same or separate days. Our Skills Schools also provides opportunities to connect organically with various communities, creating links in with players, clubs, coaches, and more.
*Click here for more information on how to book your spot at one of our Ubuntu Skills Schools.
Ubuntu Football Academy
The Ubuntu Football Academy offers intensive coaching, quality education, and holistic mentorship to exceptional young players over a sustained period of 7 years (11-18 years-old). We provide elite football training four to five times per week, ongoing mentorship through our character curriculum, an academy residence for 28 of our boys to call home, and a focus on quality education that is specific to each player.
In 2017, we opened our own registered, independent school, with the vision to be able to offer a creative, effective and individual-focused education to every boy in the Academy. Our heart isn't just to use our academy to make football stars, but to empower educated members of society who will use their education to think critically about how to inspire others and serve their communities.
Players who have shown great potential, growth, and character at either Football Forward or Skills School are invited to our Academy Trials at the end of their U11 year. Our Football Forward sites and the Ubuntu Skills School is what we use to recruit 90-100% of our players. Unfortunately, we are not looking at players ages 12+ and are unable to provide responses to such enquiries. We wish you the best of luck!
After 10 years of investment in our boys, our goal is to send them on to other great opportunities. These can include playing for professional football teams in South Africa or abroad, pursuing a university scholarship to further their studies, or accepting gainful employment. Our end goal is to see these men become the fathers, leaders, and role models their communities so desperately need.
We aren't done yet. If you believe in the work we are doing, we would love for you to join our family. Become an Ubuntu Teammate today, and help change our boys’ lives every single month.