VOL 87

Inside this Edition:
  1. Secretariat News
  2. Member News
  3. Featured Member
  4. Opportunities
SSCN Registration Details:
Company Name – Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Southern Africa NPC
Company number – 2012/159379/08
Registered date – 03/09/2012


SSCN strategically expands its network across Africa

On the 02-05 March 2021, the team conducted a twofold workshop in which the first workshop was a strategic workshop on SSCNs new strategic plan for 2020- 2025 with the focus on expanding the network across Africa. Furthermore, the SSCN is fast tracking on setting its first chapter/hub in East Africa. The workshop also covered the sustainable development goals (SDG) in which we as a network would like to focus on and optimistically our members align to.

The second fold of the workshop focused on the #INOURCOURTS program. The training workshop was held for the Park Activators Coordinators (PAC’s), with the program currently in its 2nd year of implementation, with the help of Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group. The purpose of the workshop was to cover the following: 1) to part knowledge and practical steps around Social Cohesion; 2) to install awareness around Safeguarding in sports, 3) to provide training on the SSCN Power Tool. The power tool is a step-step manual which covers the following sporting codes: Futsal; Netball, Basketball; Volleyball and recreational activities. The power tool encompasses a life skill lesson every month   which links to the United National Sustainable Development Goals.

In additional news SSCN has recently signed a partnership with an American organisation named the Alliance of Social Workers in Sport (ASWIS). The partnership will look at supporting, developing, and training social workers that engage with sport for development programs. Furthermore, working towards mainstreaming social work in sport for development context in Africa.  

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed”- Napolean Hill.


Peace Players South Africa: A Q+A with Coach Thandeka

Together with celebrating international women’s day, what better way to celebrate a phenomenal woman, coach Thandeka. Thandeka has been with peace players for 15 years including 2 years of being a Coach. Gender Based Violence being a major issue in South Africa along with the lack of female representation in leadership positions. Thandeka believes that Gender should not be a factor in whether a person can be a great leader, but it happens in communities because children learn at a young age that a man is more superior than a woman. In her journey to lead youth basketball teams in her community she faced numerous challenges. At first the youth participants did not believe in her because they never had a female coach, so she had to work hard to prove that she could do whatever a male coach can. Another problem female face in their societies is the need to always feel that to prove ourselves. She believes that we need to teach our kids to respect everyone regardless of their gender.

Borussia Commondale : Dispensing of masks and Disinfectants to their beneficiaries

Brits FC: Gets Promoted to Super league and SAB League
Football is more than just a game to the Brits FC family; it is a lifestyle they pride themselves in. The club was founded in 2013 with the core determination of keeping the children of the streets and all social illnesses.
Regardless of the covid pandemic their senior team has been promoted from the Super league to the SAB league and their promotional league has been also promoted to the super league.
Brits FC continued to dominate the scenes as they were representing Madibeng during the North West games under 19 Regional games on the 14 March 2021.

Egoli squash: Amukelani Zitha defies the odds

Born and raised in Chiawelo, Soweto; 20-year-old Amukelani Zitha has defied all odds to overcome obstacles and achieve success on and off court. Amukelani has three other siblings and is raised by his single mom. Through hard work; discipline and passion; Amukelani managed to be successful to represent Gauteng in the Inter-provincial teams and be one of the Top Four SA ranked players. Currently he is now playing for the elite Professional Squash Association
(PSA) in the Jarvis Tournaments. Not only has he achieved great success on the squash courts he further received a UJ bursary for his tertiary studies and is in 2nd year studying Sports Management.


Femben Stars football Academy– Launches an establishment of their academy in Nigeria

The Femben Stars Football has recently taken a leap to extend their involvement in youth development through football training. The team just concluded a launching and establishment of their football academy in Nigeria at the home at the hometown of the academy’s CEO/technical director, coach Olufemi Benjamin Olatunji

Femben Stars Football Academy is a family- orientated organization which offers multiple developmental training programs from beginner to competitive levels, for players 5 to 19 years old. Femben Stars Football Academy offers a variety of all-inclusive soccer programs that are designed to improve and inspire players of all abilities from beginners to professional. Their vision is to install long-lasting core values through the game of football and maximize passion and joy for the game in order to improve health and quality of life through the participation of sport.
The new establishment of Femben Stars International football academy was launched on the 27th of February at the city of Ibadan where football stakeholders and aspiring football players witness the occasion. The vision for the new establishment is to develop next world best players through right methodology of nurturing their dreams and prepare them for professionalism while we also encourage academic excellence. They have partnered with Oyo state football association, Nigeria football coach’s association Oyo state chapter and Meridien Consulting Pty Ltd (An educational consulting firm) to assist in providing academic assistance programs for the learners whom are having academic challenges. The new extension at Femben has strategically positioned their training centres across the city of Ibadan with 5 training centres. Their Nigeria branch will work with their South African branch and vice versa. Coaches in both countries undergo proper development training and are licensed by CAF.
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Call for submissions: IDSDP 2021



What are you planning to do for IDSDP this year, given the current crisis? Share your plans and any examples of adaptation and innovation with the sport and dev community.
As we continue to face multiple challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the way organisations plan to celebrate The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP) may be markedly different.
Sport activities and events have been particularly affected by the necessary health measures and restrictions imposed in countries around the world. Despite this challenge, IDSDP remains a great opportunity for the sport and development community to showcase the ways sport has been helping countries, communities, and individuals to navigate these challenging times and build back better.
Share your IDSDP plans
As such we are calling for organisations to share their plans and messages for IDSDP. Feel free to be creative in your submission and you may consider some of the following questions and themes:

  • What (if anything) are you planning to do for IDSDP this year?
  • Are you going to adjust activities due to the pandemic? If so, how? (Please feel free to provide examples of adaptation and innovation.)
  • Are there specific issues you will be tackling or advocating for given the current crisis?
  • What do you think are the key priorities that need to be highlighted this IDSDP?
Key issues and priorities could include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • The need to ensure continued and increased investment in sport and development.
  • The need to better recognise sport within the relief, response, and recovery efforts.
  • The need to continue to make the case for the use of sport in development.
  • Increased partnerships and collaboration between sport and public health actors.
  • A greater role for sport and development within public policy and government.
To share your activities, please complete email with your submissions.
Please include a photo which represents how you will be celebrating the day, and any websites, event pages or social media accounts you would like to share with the community.

The SSCN is a proudly African founded and driven organization with over 80 non-government affiliates (members) working in some of the most poorest countries and communities. We have a solid track record spanning 12 years. Please help us and donate, any amount is welcomed.

Donation Information:
Bank details: Nedbank
Branch code: 160245
Account no.: 105 0944 089
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