Lesotho Football for Hope Centre
In 2010 Kick4Life was selected by FIFA to host the Lesotho Football for Hope Centre, a fantatstic sport, health and education facility in the heart of Maseru, Lesotho's capital city. The centre was developed as part of '20 Centres for 2010' the official legacy campaign of the World Cup in South Africa, and was opened in September 2011 by star guests Lucas Radebe and former Lesotho captain Lehlohonolo Seema. Now, every week, hundreds of children take part in activities at the centre ranging from health education and HIV testing to mentoring and support towards employment & education.
The centre includes a 5-a-side astrofurf pitch - the first in the country, classrooms, a health clinic and counselling room, and office space for the Kick4Life team. Funding from Standard Lesotho Bank has enabled the construction of an additional conference and training block from which we will run a range of social enterprise activities and host residential courses for children from remote areas. The centre also includes a small orchard and vegetable garden which will be used to supply our new catering project, and a water harveting system is also ensuring the environmental sustainability of the facility. Finally an 11-a-side pitch is used for staging events and is the home ground of Kick4Life FC - our team of current and former participants which plays inthe second tier of the national league.
All of these developments are helping to realize our vision of the centre as a hub of social and economic development and enterprise for the local community, a place where children and young people can come and take part in a range of activities and be inspired to pursue a brighter furture for themselves and their country.
We are currently seeking funding in order to complete the accommodation block. This vitial addition will enable us to host residential events and increase income from our international tours. To find out more about how you can support us contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The centre opening September 2011