YB striving for sustainability and equality
Adopting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

In the heart of South Africa lies a beacon of hope and opportunity for young aspiring footballers – the Young Bafana Soccer Academy.

Not only do we excel in developing soccer talent, but we are also dedicated to fostering sustainability and equality within our community. Young Bafana Soccer Academy has embarked on a journey to align its mission with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), demonstrating our commitment to creating a brighter future for all.

Young Bafana strives towards reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Understanding the UN SDGs

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. These 17 interlinked goals address a wide range of global challenges, from poverty and inequality to climate change and environmental degradation. By adopting the SDGs, organizations and communities like Young Bafana Soccer Academy commit to working towards a better and more sustainable future.

As Young Bafana we have identified 5 SDGs (the first 5) that we will incorporate and strive towards as we continue on our path to uplift those around us and #ChangeLives.

Goal 1: No Poverty

Young Bafana Soccer Academy recognizes that poverty can limit access to opportunities, including sports. To combat this, we do everything we can to support our soccer players and enable them to pursue their dreams. We cover all costs (facilities, coaching, transport, nutrition, kits, etc.) on behalf of our Academy players and they do not have to pay anything.


Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Nutrition is crucial for the development of young athletes. We provide our players with access to healthy meals on a regular basis, helping to address hunger and malnutrition in their community.

Young Bafana Interns at the YB Arena preparing nutrition for the players
The U12 Young Bafana players receiving maths education at the YB Arena

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being

Young Bafana promotes physical and mental health among its players through regular training, coaching, and access to healthcare services. We aim to build a generation of healthy, resilient individuals.

Goal 4: Quality Education

Education is a cornerstone of Young Bafana’s approach. We understand that academic success complements athletic development. The academy provides educational support and tutoring to ensure that our players excel in both fields. Many of the Young Bafana players, through the help of the Academy, has obtained scholarships to better schools and universities.

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Young Bafana Soccer Academy is committed to breaking down gender barriers in sports. We actively encourage girls to participate in soccer and provide equal opportunities for both male and female players to thrive. In 2023 we officially launched our YB Girls team and we will continue to grow this team and provide the girls with opportunities on and off the soccer field.

Team photo of the Young Bafana Soccer Academy girls team in front of the YB Arena.

Sustainability at the Core

Beyond these first five SDGs, Young Bafana Soccer Academy incorporates sustainability into our daily operations. We prioritize responsible resource management, including water and energy conservation, and engage in eco-friendly practices. By instilling a sense of environmental responsibility in our players, the academy ensures that the next generation is better equipped to protect our planet.

Young Bafana Soccer Academy’s dedication to sustainability and equality through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals sets an inspiring example for sports organizations worldwide. By placing particular emphasis on the first five SDGs, we address the fundamental needs of their community and contribute to a brighter future for young athletes in South Africa. As we continue to nurture talent and promote positive change, Young Bafana Soccer Academy stands as a shining symbol of hope and progress.

#ChangingLives is not just a catchphrase for us, it’s a way of life and sets the tone for how we operate as a Soccer Academy.

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