“I am delighted to be supporting this initiative by Hope Through Action. I believe this project will leave a lasting legacy after the World Cup and providing youngsters with good facilities, training and mentoring will motivate them to change their difficult circumstances.”

Matthew Booth, Ex South African Football National Team Captain.

“The Township of Mbekweni is full of people with great spirit and determination and they deserve the opportunity to develop the cricket skills which so many of them possess. More importantly, for the majority cricket will just provide a platform for them to discover self-esteem and grow as people. I can think of few more worthy causes and would urge you to provide the project with support in any way you can.”

Paul Collingwood, England ICC World Twenty20 winning Captain.

“I am delighted to support Hope Through Action as they develop sports and community based projects in South Africa. Both Hope Through Action and I recognise the need to mobilise resources to address social, health, educational and developmental problems. I wish them success as they bring resources from communities and organisations around the world to help the young people of our nation develop their potential“

F W De Klerk, former President of South Africa.

“I was honoured to open the Mbekweni facility on behalf of the Football League. In reality Mbekweni is all about community, sport, education, health, empowerment, improvement and self-confidence. Thank you for letting me be part of an inspirational activity. I look forward to continuing to play a supportive part.”

Lord Mawhinney, Honorary President of the English Football League

“The trust and solidarity that manifested amongst the WGILS did not manifest in isolation or in a vacuum, independent of external factors such as material conditions or infrastructure. The physical space of the MCSC and the actual WGILS programme created a climate where relationships of trust could manifest themselves”

Marizanne Grundlingh, Stellenbosch University Masters Student.

“It is encouraging to see preschool children actively taking part in sport, and, as Drakenstein Municipality, we pledge to support more of these initiatives.”

Executive Councillor Qebenya

“As we left the sophisticated confines of Cape Town little did we appreciate the impact that our visit to Mbekweni would have on parents, coaches and players alike. The sport was played in a truly Corinthian spirit. It was remarked upon how well the Mbekweni boys conducted themselves on the pitch….in stark contrast to what we witness from the touchlines at home. The quality of their coaching was obvious to see and the desire of the Mbekweni kids to learn and improve their skills was evident throughout.

The professionalism of the Score team and the partnership with the centre/Hope Through Action is truly impressive. The execution, delivery and impact of your strategy in the Community is demonstrable. What an exciting blueprint to roll out more widely!”

Julian Metherill, one of our supporters following a visit with a young cricket team from London.