Soccer and Societal Development in Africa is a project that will profile charitable organizations that use soccer as a tool for societal development in Africa. This will be done by conducting interviews with as many people as possible who are directly involved in these types of projects as possible. Not just the administrators and coaches either, but the African people will be actively sought out to discuss their feelings.
I have already begun work on this project while still here in North America, this is being collected on my blog as I continue to work. Signing up for my updates will allow you to read along as this unfolds, and you can even be mentioned on the blog if you contribute to certain perk levels on the right. The end goal is a published book where you can again be mentioned in print.
The project itself will be 3 phase:
1) I will conduct interviews with volunteers in Africa teaching children, and adults in need, soccer through such organizations as: Projects Abroad, International Volunteer HQ, Grassroot Soccer, Cross Cultural Solutions, African Impact, and a number of others. This will be an opportunity to have a series of articles that show how we, ordinary citizens of the world, can positively affect the world around us.
2) I will examine how a local African soccer league operates its own charitable projects. I have chosen Premier Soccer League (PSL) as my focus. I will foucs on Ajax Cape Town’s Community Scheme, where players and coaches participate with children in their area. I wish to see how these groups interact twith the same grassroots organzations that are not part of a charitable organization.
3) The last phase will incorporate the Africa Cup of Nations, which will be held in South Africa January 19 - February 10 2013. This will be a great opportunity to show what the pinnacle of soccer in Africa can do for its people. The purpose of this phase will be to link together everything from the children learning soccer in the playground, to the professional clubs interacting with those same children, to the international stars representing their country. I wish to show the connection from dusty African playgrounds staffed by volunteers, to the premier stadiums of World soccer.
I have developed a number of contacts across North America and Africa who are itching to get in on this project once it is fully realized. You too can be part of it, by contributing you are getting me closer to being in Africa to conduct this reasearch and write this book. All funding will go towards my travel and living expenses while in Africa, you will be given the chance to live in Africa along side me as I share my stories through my blog.
I currently write soccer related articles for Vancouver Whitecpas FC. My work with local soccer supporters, and seeing the effect that soccer has on their life, further solidified my interest in pursuing this project. There are no other fans in the world like soccer fans, they are the most passionate, knowledgable, and dedicated group you will find.
Depending on the funding I raise I will be in Africa from September or October of 2012 to the conclusion of the Africa Cup of Nations in February of 2013. My focus will only be on the completion of this book, and that is what your contribution will go towards: the successful execution of my Soccer and Societal Development in Africa project, which has the ultimate goal of further breaking down the imagined barriers in the world.