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Matching Grant for AMANDLA Edu-Football

For a number of years, the RC Rosenheim-Innstadt has been supporting the organisation AMANDLA Edu-Football, which organises soccer matches on a beautiful artificial pitch next to Ikhusi Primary School in Cape Town’s largest township, Khayelitsha. Earlier this year, RC Rosenheim-Innstadt founded the “Inn River Alliance” with three other clubs in the area, amongst them RC Kufstein in Tyrol/Austria. The clubs then approached RC am Kap to become their local partner for an extension to the existing project. Together, we applied for a matching grant from Rotary International, which has recently been approved. As a result, some USD 43.850 will flow to the previously disadvantaged youth in Khayelitsha.

As from January, AMANDLA will start to put together what will be called “After-School Tutoring through Football”. The program will cater for 120 girls and boys aged between 8 and 13 years from Ikhusi Primary School. Using football as an incentive to participate, it aims to engage primary school learners in tutoring sessions to improve their academic performance.

Soccer field next to Ikhusi Primary School in Khayelitsha

The program will involve students from the University of the Western Cape who will supervise home work in the afternoons. The implementation will be run in correlation with a research study by the university, which will measure the impact of the program on the scholars’ academic performance. The aim is to ultimately develop a best practice model for tutoring programs using football as motivating and enabling factor.

Mr. Florian Zech, Manager of AMANDLA Edu-Football

The “Inter Country Committee Southern Africa – Germany” is in full support of this program and Ms. Pommersberger-Fischer, member of the Committee, has visited AMANDLA Edu-football and RC am Kap in Cape Town.

Mike Schröder, RC am Kap

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