Delf Ness from Club an der Alster Hamburg and the Football Foundation as a part of the Grootbos Foundation started a hockey project in Gansbaai, South Africa, in 2009.
Gansbaai is a fishing village, a two hours drive away from Cape Town. There are three communities living in Gansbaai: whites, coloureds and blacks. All three still live very much separated with only little exceptions. The aim of the Grootbos Foundation founded in 2008, is to bring the communities closer together, fight against prejudices and racism as well as support the education of the children.
The Football Foundation is only one of the projects of the Grootbos Foundation. Besides this sports project there are two other projects that focus on uplifting jung adults by teaching them life skills as well as showing them job opportunities. You can find more about these projects on www.grootbosfoundation.org
Launch of the Football Foundation (a part of Grootbos Foundation). Co-founder Michael Lutzeyer, owner of the 5-star resort Grootbos, follows the idea to bring kids and youths through sports together, give them something to do and fight against prejudices.
To activate all kids regardless of their ethnic background, Michael and Delf start the Hockey project. Hockey is not that common in the area
In November 2011 we hosted the first tournament called Hamburg Hockey Helps - a true success! The spectators donated money and got to watch first class indoor hockey in return. This is now an annual event.
We succeed in employing a local hockey coach. Shereen takes really good care of all our hockey kids and gets support from hockey volunteers throughout all of Germany. We hope to have a more international hockey volunteer crowd soon.
We kick off hockey training in the neighbouring town called Stanford. It is also planned to add Hermanus to the project so that the three hockey teams can compete in an internal league.
We added Hermanus as one of our training grounds. There will be two hockey and two soccer volunteers permanently working with the kids in Hermanus.