The Dream became Reality

23 April 2022- History made! The first football academy in the Helderberg.

What is our purpose? Our purpose is to change lives. It is not to make every player a professional. It is to have an impact on the players’ lives so that our players can hopefully go on and achieve their dreams.

After 12 years, we finally have our own YB Arena, and what a way to celebrate the day with staff, coaches, players, and supporters that contributed to our success story. The open day included a YB shop where the merch was bought, live performances, coffee, and pizza, and we cannot forget the remarkable speeches from Bernd and Lennard.

The opening was concluded with a ribbon ceremony with all our supporters and players. Our facility includes two full-size soccer fields, a gym, an office and learning centre, 2 locker rooms for home and visiting teams, and 2 small artificial turf fields. Following this great ceremony, we ended the day with an excellent after-show party in Stellenbosch.

“When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you” – Chinese Zen Master

Two teams of the NGO Young Bafana Soccer Academy lining up for a show match during the YB Arena opening.
Three men having a chat in front of a soccer pitch during the YB Arena opening.
Group photo of four visitors of the YB Arena opening in South Africa.
Members of the NGO Young Bafana Soccer Academy celebrating in a bus on a soccer field during the YB Arena opening.
Two visitors of the YB Arena opening drinking a coffee.
Three members of the Young Bafana Soccer Academy staff selling merchandise during the YB Arena opening.
All of the award winners of the 2023 Young Bafana prize giving

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