Cape Town - John Hudson, the director of Corporate Social Responsibility at the PFA (England’s Professional Football Association), spoke to Sport24 about the PFA’s visit to South Africa.
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The PFA delegation spent a week in Johannsburg and Cape Town visiting various grassroots initiatives spreading their knowledge to the youth and its partner organisations.
The delegation is made up of former professional footballers who work in different areas including coaching, equality education, community equality and player welfare.
Asked what the goals of the trip and partnership were, Hudson said: “It’s about reinforcing the ethos behind the professional footballer’s association’s role in equalities and bringing it out to South Africa to support the work we’re doing with Coaching for Hope and Skill Share International in the townships.”
The PFA were looking to at ways to "use football to empower and inspire young people to achieve in life” said Hudson.
The PFA delegation in South Africa
The PFA's programme in South Africa has been running since the 2010 Soccer World Cup where Hudson said “the goal was, at that point, to see if we could make a difference” in lives of the youth in underprivileged communities.
But the PFA, unlike many who left the country after the 2010 SWC, has continued to return to the country every year where the programme has continued to pour it’s skills into South Africa.
“We wanted to come back to see the progression, year on year, on the work that we are doing with those young people in the townships and also with those charitable organisations that support those young people.” said Hudson.
Here is a glimpse of what has happened on the trip:For more information on the PFA click here and to find out more about Coaching for Hope, visit their website here.