Nelson Mandela once said “Sports has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”
This evening, 23 upper school students will take off on a 16 hour flight across the Atlantic headed for Johannesburg, South Africa. The flight is the first step in a journey that will be all about learning and participating in the work of a “Soccer for Social Development” organization called Kick-4-Life.
Johannesburg at night
After an overnight stay in Johannesburg, the team will travel to the Kick-4-Life Center based in Maseru, Lesotho’s capital city. The Center will be home for the Pace group for most of the trip. It is also ground central for the social and economic development work done by Kick-4-Life. Their Academy provides a range of opportunities for children and young people of all abilities to work towards a healthy and successful future, with a structured package of care and support combining the chance to play football with health education & life-skills, literacy, mentoring and referrals to key services such re-housing & protection. This long-term, holistic and high impact approach is designed to support participants towards long-term education, training and employment, and the chance to achieve a sustainable livelihood.
Kick-4-Life is a soccer club that fields both a men’s and a women’s team. Their players are central to the work that the organization does. Many of the players are current or past participants, and they serve as health education & life-skills coaches, as well as powerful role models for the development work that Kick-4-Life does across Lesotho.
Map of Lesotho and South Africa
Among other things, Pace students will be trained to deliver activities from the Kick-4-Life health education curriculum, play football matches against local teams, do cultural visits and participate in an adventure trip to the stunning mountain region.
We can wait to get there!