Community sports project volunteer

VOLUNTEERING AT A LOCAL SPORTS PROJECT IN CAPE TOWN – PART 2
BY: NICO

Hi my fellow volunteers,

This is my second blog, about my experience with volunteering at a community sports project in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Don’t forget to read my first blog, about my experience and how I started volunteering at the Football project.

To be closer to the team and work efficiently I decided to move from my backpackers in Cape Town to Hout Bay. A lovely place on earth. Mother nature blessed it with all it has got. Here I started building up new networks and social contacts to get involved deeper in this mixed community of white, black, and colored people. Sorry for this, but I don’t really like dividing people by their cultural, socio-economical background, or skin color. You must experience Hout Bay yourself to understand that we are talking about a microcosmos of South Africa, with lots of Apartheid history. I promise you, that’s another beauty here.

Together with the Football club, I created a program called “Personal Development Pathway”. Also, my duties around for the Football club were extended. Some examples of my tasks: getting players’ employed in local businesses, putting up nutrition plans, planning team events, presenting the football club to potential donors in order to get funds in, giving leadership and life skill courses, working closely together with a doctor and physio team to prevent and cure injuries, getting other volunteers in and managing the process together with their organizations and last but not least admin work all across where the admin is needed. I became team leader for “Player-Care, Health & Well-being”.

I am working closely with the CEO, young coaches, a board of trustees, other volunteers, volunteer organizations, and whoever comes from overseas to have an impact on the Football Club. It is not rare that you find yourself talking to former U-21 Netherland’s coach Foppe de Haan or getting invited for a workshop by Hans Vonk (former Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper). People who played for the South Africans national team, like Delron Buckley or qualified UEFA A coaches like Eoin Fray with lots of experience, are coming in to support what we are doing. Finally, the legend Jürgen Klopp who is the main sponsor of the Football Club came down to have a speech in front of the community and a Meet and Greet with fans and players.

Today, with a strong team behind the scenes and an entire community supporting us, we are fighting to go all the way up to the Premier Division. Imagine how amazing this would be with only local players and how amazing would it be if you can be part of this incredible project? Our U-18 to U-12 teams are playing in Cape Towns’ “High-Performance League” competing against teams like Ajax Cape Town and Stellenbosch.

I fell in love with the holistic approach of HBUFC and how it has an impact on the community. It made my decision to stay here much easier. I am always looking to make a difference. Whatever your skill is, I promise you can make a difference too! Even if it is just wanderlust that brings you to Cape Town, you will not get disappointed by these incredible surroundings.

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