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2010

FIFA's 20 Centres for 2010 supports extension of the Health Academy

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Health Academy in Edendale (Pietermaritzburg).
Health Academy in Edendale (Pietermaritzburg).

During the last two years a lot of conversations, letters and meetings were necessary for the plans of Africaid's WhizzKids United to build an extension of the Health Academy and also a well playable pitch for the kids in front of it. Yesterday the organization received a message from FIFA which confirmed that the Health Academy is to become one out of the 20 Football for Hope Centres in Africa.

On the 1st of June 2010 the Health Academy was opened in Edendale close to Pietermaritzburg. From then on the Health Academy has provided a full range of professional health and counseling services concerning South Africa's biggest opponent - HIV and AIDS. For Africaid and of course the Health Academy itself it is a big step to look forward to a successful future facing the high prevalence of the disease.

Through the additional support given by the campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup "20 Centres for 2010" Africaid's WhizzKids United has got the opportunity to double the size of the existing building of the Health Academy. Also a new pitch is planned where the children will be able to play football under the best conditions. The new pitch will be 40 by 20 meters large and consists of an astro turf surface which is probably big enough for all the kids who access the services of the Health Academy.

20 Centres for 2010 is the official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Its aim is to create 20 Football for Hope Centres to promote public health, education and football in disadvantaged communities across Africa. As part of the Football for Hope movement led by FIFA and streetfootballworld, the campaign will leave a tangible social legacy for Africa.

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