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Ambassadors South Africa were able to train 20+ football coaches in Maputo during June and 20+ football coaches in Jeffreys Bay, South Africa during July. The funds enabled us to buy 40 balls and take them to Maputo for the training and for the coaches to use afterwards. I also bought 20 balls for JBay and left 10 for the coaches to use.

These community coaches were trained to be father figures and whole-life coaches in their communities. We ended each training with a community clinic to reach out to the local community. In total, we had three coaches really commit to the mission, and two make re-commitments. We could impact deeply into their own father’s wounds and help them move towards healing.

Ball Project is thankful to our partners in South Africa & around the world working faithfully to train coaches, build communities & help children play.

Prochorus Cycling is busy and doing well. We took 8 of our older boys to a bicycle mechanic workshop. They learnt some basic skills in bicycle mechanics and had lots of practice during the day. The boys are also proud to receive a certificate for the completion of the course.

Five buys had the opportunity to attend a youth camp with a local church youth ministry, and they had an absolute ball. The impact of the camp could clearly be seen after the camp. The boys have more confidence in spiritual things and ask a lot more questions about Christianity, which provides the opportunity for leaders to teach and help them understand things better.

We had a fairly favourable winter for cycling in Stellenbosch this year. Although one of the events we attended turned into a complete mud bath. That’s all part of the fun and adventure. The Western Province Schools league had great weather during their events, and we had over twenty of our children partaking in this year’s league. It’s always great to see how much the children are encouraged in their cycling when they have the opportunity to test their fitness and skills against others their age while fun is the main focus. One of the small girls couldn’t stop asking when the next event would be.

Even though performance and podium positions are not our main goals, we make room for those who like to compete and enjoy developing their physical talents. Two of our older riders have been selected to join an elite racing team as part of their squad to compete in the three-day Wine to Whales race in early November. One of our old beneficiaries is already a permanent member of this team, and he has won many local and national events following his dream of becoming a professional cyclist. The Wine to Whales Exxaro Category (for development riders) has been won by him previously. Our two riders finished the event strongly and had a great experience on the stage racing scene.

The mentoring sessions have been going very well. We’re currently working through a One Hope resource called Book of Hope. Topics like sexuality are very relevant to them and open up great discussions for impartation to happen where it’s much needed.

In 2021 Prochorus had quite a strong focus on the mental & spiritual development of the boys on the cycling project. With a great volunteer who also became staff, we were able to be very consistent with the mentoring sessions. The addition of the Friday Amplified Youth meetings worked great to complement the rest of the program. We also had a strong focus on academics on the side of our aftercare program.

Strict discipline allowed the boys to find their rhythm and safety in the clear expectations. We found this to be necessary since the fluctuating lockdown measures in schools brought about a lot of inconsistencies in their life and perhaps even laziness. The year ended on quite a high note with the 10-year celebration camp and a wonderful year-end party for all the children involved in the projects. Racing on events has become more of a norm again and the boys seem to enjoy the opportunity to do this even more than before. We all hope 2022 will be a year where more events could be attended.

We are very grateful for the support from Ball Project

Ball Project is grateful for our partners working to encourage & train young people, build community & help children play.

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“Give me a ball and I’ll have a thousand kids chasing after it.” –Solomon, Kenya

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