A strong partnership

Since the middle of 2021, 1. FC Cologne and the Young Bafana Academy have recently further expanded their partnership. In addition to a very successful shoe and boot donation campaign and numerous other donations in the form of training equipment, the two clubs are striving to expand the teaching structures of the children as well as workshops and further training for our coaches. With the help of the football school Heinz Flohe of the 1. FC Cologne, coaches, and players will be trained in order to increase the quality of the education at the Young Bafana Soccer Academy. In addition, FC will provide numerous training videos and online coaching seminars for football development. For the opening of our arena in the spring of this year, we had the pleasure of welcoming Jorge (coach of 1. FC Köln) as our guest of honor here in South Africa.

Three coaches of the Young Bafana Soccer Academy and one coach of the 1. FC Cologne standing arm in arm on the pitch of the YB Arena.
All of the award winners of the 2023 Young Bafana prize giving

2023 Young Bafana Prize Giving

Young Bafana Soccer Academy once again brought the spirit of celebration to the YB Arena with its much-anticipated Annual Prize Giving Ceremony on the 11th of November. This vibrant event marked a special occasion to recognise and honour the achievements of the young talents who have dedicated themselves to the world of soccer.

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Themba Baka exceeding expectations at Young Bafana

Themba’s journey of growth at YB

Meet Themba Baka. A boy from the Lwandle township who joined Young Bafana 8 years ago as a little boy – not old enough to play and struggling with schoolwork. Today he is a promising young athlete and student enjoying success on and off the football pitch thanks to the help of Young Bafana.

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Young Bafana strives towards reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

YB striving for sustainability and equality

Discover how Young Bafana Soccer Academy, nestled in South Africa, is passionately embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to drive sustainability and equality. By focusing primarily on the first five SDGs—ranging from eradicating poverty and hunger to promoting gender equality and quality education—Young Bafana empowers young athletes while actively engaging with their community.

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An intern from Germany in a team huddle with the Young Bafana players in South Africa

Job Vacancy: Internship in Event Marketing at Young Bafana

Are you passionate about sports and soccer with a heart for community upliftment? Then this internship is for you. Young Bafana is in need of an event marketing intern from December 2023 to March 2024. The internship will take place at Young Bafana in Strand, South Africa. Apply now for the experience of a lifetime at one of South Africa’s best soccer academies.

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