Mobilizing Agents of Change

Grassroot Soccer programs, while addressing acute health issues such as HIV, malaria, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health, also focus on determinants of health such as education and employment, to ensure adolescents stay on positive health trajectories well into adulthood. All Grassroot Soccer participants are matched with role models, participate in physical activity, and learn important life skills. It’s not unusual for Grassroot Soccer graduates to go on to become Grassroot Soccer Caring Coaches, helping the next generation of youth.

In turn, these Caring Coaches gain valuable work experience, learning opportunities, financial literacy, employability skills, and personal growth. For many Caring Coaches the experience of being a role model to younger members of their community is transformative and life-changing.

Key Issue Areas

Zoliswa Mafilika

Administrator, Yomelela Primary School, Khayelitsha, South Africa

We appreciate what Grassroot Soccer has done for our students. Their marks improve, they are disciplined, they are more assertive.

GRS Coach

South Africa

In addition to the professional skills I have learned, the intangible things I took away were so valuable...Grassroot Soccer made me believe I can be a game changer in my community, but also showed me that I can be a game changer in my own life.

Our Impact

  • In a 2014 evaluation

    of a GRS girls' program, teachers and students alike suggested that GRS participants were more likely to attend school classes and perform well

  • 100% reduction

    in positive drug testing during a 10-week young men's soccer league

  • 82% of GRS Coaches

    in South Africa go on to further employment, education, or training

  • 100% of participants

    are given opportunities to be physically active