Peace and Development through Sport

The CSV Community Project started in October 2009 with the purpose of partnering with local, national and international institutions to promote sport as a tool for development and peace.  Using the appeal of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa, the project was promoted both in South Africa and overseas through the establishment of partnerships with:

The United Nations, Western Cape Peace Network, the University of Stellenbosch, University of Western Cape University of Cologne (Germany), University of Missouri (USA), University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sports Science and Development (ICESSD) of UWC, City of Cape Town Sport and Recreation Department, Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport Western Cape, Sport Trust, South African Football Association (Safa) and Ubabalo e Africa.

Today the project is well established and involves more than 20 000 primary and high school learners from 20 schools in the Cape Town Area.

The events include:

  • Coaches Courses: A total of 900 coaches were trained in sport and life skills over the past 5 years
  • Kicking for Peace: This project uses soccer as a vehicle for social transformation, conflict prevention and peace building. As part of the Western Cape Network for Community Peace and Development, they help youth develop the skills and attitudes needed to build a harmonius society.  Through soccer, they teach communication, problem-solving, leadership and conflict transformation skills to children from different racial communities.  The project was honoured with the Sport for Conflict Resolution Award in September 2010 at the international Beyond Sport Community Awards in Chicago, USA.  This is a huge honour for South Africa since more than 400 entries from over 115 countries were received. 
  • Vriendscup: The event is for under 14 and under 15 high school boys and girls playing rugby, netball and soccer in mixed teams, hosted by main sponsors CSV Construction, DistrictMail and Ubabalo in partnership with Stellenbosch University's Matie Community Services (MCS).  the main purpose of this VriendsCup initiative is for learners of participating schools to make friends and play sports together, building bridges between the different learners and schools and start an interaction between the various communities.
  • CSV Futsal Cup: Futsal is recognised by Fifa as an established version of football and is played between 2 teams of 5 players, one of whom is the goalkeeper, indoors or outdoors (on a netball court or tennis court) .  The CSV Futsal Cup is sponsored by CSV Construction in partnership with Safa and City of Cape Town and takes place twice a year for boys and girls from primary and high schools.
  • CSV Football Cup: The event is sponsored by CSV Construction and is held twice a year in partnership with Safa and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.   

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