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Grassroot Soccer South Africa (GRS South Africa) is an independent, locally registered non-profit organization with a South African Board of Directors. Grassroot Soccer first began programs in South Africa in 2006, and has steadily built a very strong local infrastructure.

Flagship sites in South Africa are located in Alexandra and Soweto (both in Johannesburg), and Khayelitsha (in Cape Town). Each of these three sites has a full-time local staff cohort and Coaches who deliver program results. GRS South Africa is proud to manage two FIFA Football for Hope Centres, at our Alexandra and Khayelitsha sites. GRS also works with several in-country partners to deliver programming country-wide, and has worked in all 9 provinces.

GRS South Africa works with a wide variety of trusted local partners, including Childline, Thuthuzela Care Centers (TCC), Sonke Gender Justice Network, WITS Reproductive Health Institute, University of Western Cape, University of Cape Town, University of Witswaterstrand, the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, and the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading, to develop highly acclaimed programs that are tailored to issues facing South African youth. The organization has established relationships at multiple levels of South Africaā€™s government, as well as a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Basic Education and the South African Football Association (SAFA). The multi-faceted nature of the organizationā€™s approach (health, education, soccer, youth development, child protection) puts GRS South Africa in a unique position to serve as a link between various wings of government and social services.

Through the organisationā€˜s membership in the streetfootballworld and Sport for Social Change networks, GRS has access to platforms for sharing of best practices among sport-for-development organizations across the country and continent.

GRS South Africa flagship sites also have a particularly strong record of promoting girlsā€™ and womensā€™ participation in organized football. Two womenā€™s club teams, RV United in Khayelitsha and the Blue Birds in Alexandra, are linked to GRS, and have become part of the fabric of these communities. Both of these teams play in the SAFA SASOL league, the highest women’s league in South Africa.


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Office E20 Market Up, 10 Van Beek Street, New Doornfontein, Johannesburg 2094

32 Jamieson Street Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa 8001



Johannesburg: +27 10 286 1268

Cape Town: +27 21 426 5154