I’ve been in the Ubuntu program for a few weeks now, and I love every minute of it. It’s absolutely great to be part of such a great movement and being able to make a change. The fields are always packed with kids who all share their passion for football and play with so much joy. The activities that the club offers give them the chance to fulfil their dreams, and provide them with a more positive outlook on life. For me, it’s a great feeling to be part of such a great cause, especially when you see where the children are coming from. Right now, I’m helping with various side issues involved in managing the club. Besides that, I’m working on some exciting fundraising programs so HBUFC can continue with its current plans and possibly expand in the future.
For me as a member of the first team squad and assistant coach for two of the youth teams it was interesting to see the differences between German and South African football and compare them with regards to technic, physics, psyche, coordination and condition. I really enjoyed talking with the players about football and showing them their main areas to work on, which were primarily their tactics and team spirit. The people in Hout Bay were always welcoming and warm-heartedly, so that I felt to be part of the community from day one.
Within this contrasty microcosm of South Africa it is impressive to see the community that is being created through football and the much more comprehensive impact of the HBUFC. The welcoming vibe is outstanding, within a very short period of time you’ll get in contact with a huge multicultural network and will see the impact of your input straight away. As an athletics coach I watched the players of the U14 up to the Elite Team improving on their endurance, strength, speed and coordination during my 7-week stay and took responsibility in raising funds, shooting a new promotional video, setting up a fan shop and many other tasks. Besides working for the HBUFC, there’s much do to in Cape Town and the area of Hout Bay (e.g. multiple hikes, surfing, or just a relaxed evening at the beach to watch the sunset), so make sure your stay isn’t too short to get the full experience.
My name is Nico, born in Italy and raised in Germany. I am a lifelong believer that the power of sport can educate and change people’s lives.
Cape Town got me instantly. Although I didn’t plan to stay for long, it turned out to be 1,5 years! Joining the first team for home and away games gave me so much confidence and a feeling of being part of a great project. From week to week I got the opportunity to get more involved.
Today, with a strong team behind the scenes and an entire community supporting us, we are fighting to go all the way up to the Premier Division. Imagine how amazing this would be with only local players and how amazing would it be if you can be part of this incredible project?
I fell in love with the holistic approach of HBUFC and how it has an impact on the community. It made my decision to stay here much easier. I am always looking to make a difference. Whatever your skill set, I promise you can make a difference too! Or even if it is just wanderlust that brings you to Cape Town, you will not be disappointed with this incredible place.
HBUFC changed me and with me, HBUFC changed.
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