Edendale Football for Hope Centre

About the Campaign:
“20 Centres for 2010” is the Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. Its aim is to raise funds to create twenty Football for Hope Centres for public health, education and football across Africa. The centres will address local social challenges in disadvantaged areas and improve education and health services for young people. Read more about The Football for Hope Campaign
The Football for Hope Centre in Maseru is the 7th of the 20 Football for Hope Centres in Africa.

Location: Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Centre Host organisation: Whizzkids United

WKU was developed in response to the staggering high numbers of HIV infection amongst youth in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The HIV prevalence rate in KwaZulu-Natal is estimated at 16.5%*, with ante-natal clinics in some areas reporting prevalence rates above 60%, making this province the epicentre of the HIV/AIDS crisis both nationally and globally! WhizzKids experience working with youth, enabled them to realise that kids learn and respond best when they are motivated and when the method of learning is appropriate, dynamic, goal orientated and delivered in a language that kids speak and understand. As a result, WhizzKids United recognized that football is the perfect tool with which to teach as it speaks a universal language which appeals to all children, both boys and girls, and in doing so transcends culture and background. WKU has local branches in KZN, North West, Western Cape, Gauteng, and the Eastern cape. The Edendale branch of WKU at the Edendale Hospital, Pietermaritzburg, will be implementing the Edendale FFH Centre.

WKU Centre Vision:
To deliver excellence in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment, and support to youth worldwide through the medium of football.

WKU Centre Mission:
Providing a sustainable, integrated and comprehensive youth health service
Ensuring an environment that nurtures healthy, motivated, confident youth who promote gender equality amongst all.Designing services in partnership with the youth
Providing quality training, technical expertise, and continual evaluation in pursuit of excellence

Design statement:
The recurring theme with the design of the Edendale football for hope center is the challenge posed by the brief as per the center host to be accommodated within the confines of the allocated land. Being an existing and operational facility already, the design concept has to take in to account the use of space while the center is being built. The design proposal should form the basis of a smooth transition into the new space which will integrate with the existing into a whole while acknowledging the identities of the respective facilities. The size of the pitch and slope of the ground encourages a consideration of the spatial relationships especially with respect to movement within the center. Meticulous scrutiny of the terrain revealed a gully of services lying below the surface and thus encumbered the trajectory of design that had been pursued. The current design takes advantage of its North – South orientation optimizing passive climate control through integral design innovations allowing solar heat gain when necessary and encouraging natural ventilation through the buildings.

The multi- purpose hall becomes the main space around which the rest of the spaces are planned, being an active and most public entity it is only befitting that it be flexible enough to contain an area for private gatherings while also being able to open up and flow out into the surrounding covered walkway leading onto the field that is set into the slope. This enables a double function for the soil retaining wall around the field as seating for spectators. The modified upright container becomes a prominent beacon at the entrance approach, visible from the road identifying the center from afar. There is a fluid relationship between the public lavatories and the main areas of activity, access to the disabled toilet is via a ramp and is situated not too far from the reception in case assistance is required. A computer lab is situated off the reception entrance so that access can be monitored, with ample storage for equipment. The covered walkway makes for a good viewing platform for spectators around the football pitch and also functions as an external vestibule connecting the program spaces. The OVC programs currently running in the existing meeting hall will have access to a more sizable kitchen space with a pantry for storage, serving the multi-purpose hall and surrounding covered walkway. The center host made it very clear that a space far removed from the rest of the center would be necessary for staff to use as a lounge for resting between shifts and also a private gathering space with its own separate entrance. The facility has a secure perimeter fence with a single point of entry to control access which is a benefit in the long term in reducing vandalism. The community garden program is relocated to the south of the existing building, away from the main spaces of activity. Due to the strict guidelines from the Department of health, cost cutting measures had to be made within the design of the center as the finishes recommended had to be adhered to. The overall approach with the design was of keeping the essence of the existing building while improving the aesthetic value of the new structure to be more contemporary and exciting.

Thank you to our community supporters for the Football for Hope Centre in Edendale!