Sunday, April 21, 2019



Training more than athletes

Fire Fighters Football Club was established in 1998 in Khayelitsha, the largest black township in Cape Town with a population of close to 800,000 people. The football club is located in Mandela Park and is affiliated to the Mandela Park Local Football Association. Fire Fighters Football Club boasts 5 youth teams, namely, under 11, 13, 15, 17 and 19 and one senior team.

The club is located in an area consumed by poverty with high levels of unemployment and very minimal sports and recreation infrastructure. Because of this void the youth in Khayelitsha are an at-risk population, vulnerable to gangsterism and drug abuse. The Firefighters Football Club was created as a way to begin to address these issues within our community.

The Club is fighting against great odds, for example, the lack of an adequate training facility. The space we are using serves as a multi-purpose facility, being used by different sporting clubs which makes it unavailable at crucial practice times during the season. Our training time is further curtailed during winter as the early sunset forces us to abandon training as soon as the sun sets due to a lack of adequate lighting. Though FFC faces mammoth challenges it greets them with a fiery spirit and the determination needed to persevere.


“Being a part of the Firefighters is more than just a soccer team, it’s being a part of a family.”

-Sihle U-15 Athlete








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