South Africa’s World Cup Legacy Lives On

Four years after the final whistle was blown at Soccer City in Johannesburg, FIFA’s pledge to ensure that South Africans would be long-term recipients of the financial rewards of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ has become a reality.  As of September 2014, R82 million has been disbursed for a variety of projects in the areas of football development, education, capacity-building and health.  At the same time, the Legacy Trust has generated R72 million in interest, in line with the trust’s aim to become a self-sustaining source of funding that will continue benefiting South Africans, and particularly the country’s football community, over the long term.

A total of R450 million (then US$65 million) had originally been invested in the 2010 Legacy Trust following the World Cup in South Africa.  The legacy trustees, under the chairmanship of South African Football Association (SAFA) President Dr Danny Jordaan, today (Thursday, 13 November) reviewed the achievements of the first grants awarded since January 2013, and also discussed the next public application windows at the fifth board meeting held at the High Performance Centre at the University of Pretoria – the base camp of the Argentina squad during the 19th World Cup.

The High Performance Centre is one of the beneficiaries of the trust and focuses on developing women’s football on a professional level, as showcased by future and present members of the South African women’s national team, Banyana Banyana.  In general terms, one of the trust’s main focuses is on young players’ football development.  One of the next major projects which was approved in principle by the trust was the purchase of the location for the new technical centre for SAFA, which will be announced in due course.  The technical centre will be a hub of South African football development and will include top technical training facilities for all national teams while providing access to education for young players.

“The results of the Legacy Trust presented today show that we delivered on our promise that the 2010 FIFA World Cup would establish sustainable long-term human and social development initiatives through football in the host country.  Legacy must be measured in the long term and must be thoroughly planned.  The Legacy Trust is a perfect example of this.  At FIFA, we are satisfied with the process and the results so far, but the most important thing is for it to continue.  I am particularly pleased that, in the shape of the future technical centre, we have been able to identify an iconic project that will lead to success, both on and off the pitch, for South Africa’s football community and as such fulfil our goal to develop football for all,” explained trustee and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.  The chairman of the 2010 Legacy Trust, SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan, said he was happy to report “tremendous progress in South African football for the period 2013-2014.  Our Under-17 and Under-20 junior national teams qualified for the CAF Youth Championships in Niger and Senegal respectively, while Banyana Banyana qualified for the African Women’s Championship in Namibia. Young players from the junior teams have now moved up to the senior national team, such as Ayabulela Magqwaka, Dumisani Msibi, Rivaldo Coetzee and Fagrie Lakay.  These players progressed through the Under-17 and Under-19 development leagues, which were all funded by the Legacy Trust.  The Under-13 and Under-15 boys’ and girls’ leagues are also being strengthened on a national basis, through funds from the Legacy Trust.”

Amanda Dlamini, a midfielder for South Africa’s women’s national team added, “Women’s football in my country is going through a transformational stage, whereby we have seen a lot of resources being ploughed into the game to improve standards.  One such initiative has been the support we have received through the 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy Trust, which has led to improved infrastructure and world-class facilities for us.  This will have long-term benefits for women’s football in South Africa.”

Allocation highlights of the trust include:

–       R42.997 million for the development of league football at Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 levels in the 311 local football associations throughout South Africa;

–       R18.33 million to develop women’s football (R 6.93m for the development of elite players at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, and R11.4m for the development of women’s regional leagues);

–       R10 million towards the qualification campaigns of SAFA youth teams for major international tournaments;

–       R13.75 million to NGOs that use football to bring about positive change in communities, including R7.66 million to host NGOs at the 20 Fotball for Hope Centres throughout the African continent (the Trust Deed stipulates that the geographical scope of activities extends to countries in Africa where the 20 Centres for 2010 are located);

–       R3.6 million to the South African Indoor Football Association to establish the National Futsal League;

–       860 legacy bags containing football gear and equipment for clubs and schools throughout South Africa, to the value of ZAR 5.85 million;

–       R0.8m to bursaries for deserving candidates to further their studies in their chosen fields and contribute to the further development of football.

The next public application window will start on 20 November 2014 on and will be open until mid-December.  In an effort to ensure accountability and compliance, all awarded projects have to submit a progress report to the trust’s administration and are administered and audited by two of the world’s leading independent accounting firms, namely KPMG and Ernst & Young.