Zimbabwe is where the idea of Grassroot Soccer was born and the country where we have our longest presence. Grassroot Soccer first began piloting our original curriculum in Zimbabwe in 2003, and shortly thereafter established an affiliate site in Bulawayo. Grassroot Soccer Zimbabwe is registered as a private voluntary organisation (PVO22/11) and has a local board.
Our operations in Zimbabwe are centered around Bulawayo, where GRS Zimbabwe is proud to manage a FIFA Football for Hope Centre. GRS also works with several in-country partners to deliver programming country-wide.
GRS Zimbabwe is in partnership with Bulawayo City Council (BCC), Bulawayo Provincial Education Department, Population Services International (PSI), Matabeleland Aids Council (MAC), Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA), and various government entities that have strengthened the organisation’s ability to deliver high-quality adolescent health interventions. Through the organisation’s membership with the streetfootballworld and Sport for Social Change networks, GRS has access to platforms for sharing of best practices among sport-for-development organizations across the country and continent. GRS Zimbabwe is also a member of the National Aids Council of Zimbabwe, a regulatory body for all organisations delivering various HIV-related interventions in Zimbabwe.
GRS Zimbabwe maintains close connections with professional soccer players from several teams, including Bantu Rovers, Highlanders and Inline Girls Soccer Academy. Bantu Rovers is a unique soccer club with a social mission; players often serve as GRS Coaches, and participate actively in GRS community events. Grassroot Soccer Zimbabwe works with a pool of male and female soccer legends that have played for the Zimbabwe national team as Ambassadors. These soccer legends participate in programming and help keep the spirit of soccer alive in all GRS Zim programming.
Grassroot Soccer Zimbabwe graduates have gone on to prominence in the soccer world; GRS Zim is proud to have helped groom Marvelous Nakamba, who plays for Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem as a central midfielder, as well as Kudakwashe Mahachi, who plays for Golden Arrows in Durban South Africa. These two role models and GRS Ambassadors are former SKILLZ participants as well as former SKILLZ Coaches while playing for Bantu Rovers. The Zimbabwe Women’s National Team, known as The Mighty Warriors, includes two GRS Coaches, midfielder Rejoice Kapfumvuti and defender Nobuhle Majika, while the team’s Assistant Coach Sithethelelwe Sibanda is a former long-time GRS staff member. In 2016 the team made history, competing for the first time in the Olympics. They are currently flying the Zimbabwe flag high and spreading the GRS message.
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