Diepsloot is a township in the north of Johannesburg that is known for its need for reformation and development.

Living conditions are tough, proper hygiene and sanitation are non-existent for most, and many live in fear due to the crimes that take place within the community.

Not all is lost; many are working at creating safe havens for children that are in need and one of the most influential ways in inspiring these young minds, is through sport. These children are growing and learning through soccer, changing their lives and mind-sets, building confidence, living their dreams, winning trophies and learning the value of perseverance and dedication.

Through soccer, one can find their passion and zest for life.

That is why we are in need of proper sports development in our country, not only for talent, but for human capital.

“We need to support individuals that are given a chance to be great at what they love. We want to be able to inspire team leaders and game changes.”

Akani Football Academy currently has 300 young boys from underprivileged backgrounds, that are against all odds, making a difference in themselves through sport.

These children have a dream and their dream is pretty simple, they have the skill and determination to go on winning more games against all odds and they want to be able to know that they have a place to come to, where they can train, and continue on their journey of self-discovery and talent.

This is something worth investing in.

“Akani is on its way to falling apart, what we need here is someone to help us to keep the dreams of the boys alive” – Prudent Sibindi, Head Coach Akani FC

To achieve this we need the resources to nurture and enhance the raw talent of these kids.

Our friends from SportLifeFC, Rob Melman and Matthew Veysie, have been involved in the Akani Football Academy providing coaching and sponsorship. Their main aim is to bridge the gap between the underprivileged clubs and the Private ones.

Through sport we can develop young and eager minds to make a difference in their lives.

The football academy has been running for over 10 years with each year offering more growth and development.

Through sport, our children can learn self-confidence and discipline, they will learn to feel safe, away from the harsh realities and negative influences that the streets continue to offer.

If you can help with anything, please contact Paige & Kirst from HuddleUP

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