The global reach of GRS has now been extended into the world of award-winning film. Made by Brian Mjiyakho, a 19-year-old high school student from Alexandra, Johannesburg, A Goal For Hope – One Year After the FIFA World Cup tells the story of GRS and some of our coaches in South Africa. Brian’s film, his first, was part of the Siyakhona media project lead by streefootballworld and Hillside Digital, a SONY and FIFA supported project. His film won the Goal for Hope competition last year, and will be screened at the House of Lords in London, UK in October.
The film examines the history and work of GRS in South Africa, featuring interviews with Alexandra Site Coordinator Sikhumbuzo Mnculwane, GRS Coach Tebogo Mabotja, as well as students of the GRS program in Alexandra. The film details the GRS curriculum in Alexandra, as well as the impact that the work has both on the students and the coaches.
Brian’s film follows Grassroot Soccer coach Tebogo throughout his day, documenting his work through a series of interviews with himself and his pupils, and showing footage of the GRS classroom and Skillz experience. Given that a crucial part of the Grassroot Soccer philosophy is the ‘coach’s story’, in the film Tebogo speaks to his reasons for getting involved with GRS, and how the work he does has impacted his life in a positive light.
Watch the film here: