5th Football for Hope Centre opens on 24 September 2011

More than a year has passed since the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ was played in South Africa, but the social legacy is still very much alive. Join us on 24 September 2011 at the opening of the 5th Football for Hope Centre in Maseru, Lesotho (Old Police Training Grounds, Behind the Palace of Justice, Old Europa). Be part of the event when FIFA, together with streetfootballworld and Kick4Life, is marking yet another major milestone in leaving a social legacy on the entire host continent of the first African World Cup.

Lucas Radebe, Football for Hope Ambassador and former Bafana Bafana Captain, Lehlohonolo Seema, Captain of the Lesotho National Team, dignitaries and representatives from FIFA, streetfootballworld and Kick4Life will be present and reflect on the Football for Hope Centres and on the social legacy of the first African FIFA World Cup. The opening day, organised by Kick4Life, will start at 9 am (local time) with a 7 a-side tournament of local football teams of orphans and vulnerable children who have been participating in K4L’s Street League and interventions for the past 18 months. The final of the tournament will be played at 1.15pm (local time) and the official opening ceremony will start at 2pm (local time).

Other Football for Hope Centres have already been opened in South Africa, Mali, Namibia, and Kenya. Further centres are in development in South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana, Mozambique, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Like all the Football for Hope centres the one in Lesotho will also help to tackle some of the biggest issues being faced by young people across the African continent. The 20 centres will be run by an existing community organisation, in the case of Lesotho by the organisation “Kick4Life”.

For further information on the “20 Centres for 2010” and the Football for Hope movement please see attached factsheet or visit www.FIFA.com/footballforhope, http://www.streetfootballworld.org/20centresfor2010, and www.kick4life.org.

Due to limited space available media representatives are kindly requested to rsvp by 18 September 2010 to mediaday@fifa.org.

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