Grassroots Soccer Workshop

Links to Workshop Presentations
Lusaka United
Lusaka Pride
Nshima United
The Beautiful Game – Social Change Through the Power of Football

In many parts of the world sporting activities, especially football, are now being incorporated into a variety of programmes geared toward helping youth address a broad range of issues affecting their lives. These include children’s rights & education, health promotion, peace promotion, anti-discrimination & social integration, and the environment. By emphasizing a ‘team’ approach, these programmes help impart the skills needed by the next generation to overcome the many challenges faced by their countries, from poverty to HIV/AIDS, malnutrition to low educational access.

By creating a space for gathering we can create social change through the power of football.

You are challenged to work in interdisciplinary design teams of five to develop an anchor within the lives of a community by designing a sustainable youth led football facility in a context where formal resources are severely constrained, and basic conditions for human development are challenged.

As a community service point this facility will bring in services often overlooked including access to water, energy/power, IT/technology and sanitation. The facility must also incorporate a structure to house existing youth programs and health education.

Moreover you are tasked to create a holistic program that includes a new graphical identity for the team, including home and away strip. It is important that issues of HIV/AIDS awareness are incorporated into this as the client uses football to help tackle this pandemic in the areas’ youth. This new identity should be apart of an over all strategy to create a self-sustaining model that incorporates novel approaches to income generation.

You will have approximately 3 days to develop a conceptual design and sustainability plan that will be then presented to the clients. This project has a real client and real community. While the workshop is to try and push your boundaries of design, remember that for the end users a sustainable solution is the only solution to create long-term change.

Finally remember the most important aspect of design, creating joy including your own.

The Challenge

Grassroot Soccer (GRS), Zambia

Client description:
GRS was founded by professional football players as a project aimed at mobilising the global football community in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The organization trains local role models (including professional football players) to deliver an interactive, football-themed behaviour development curriculum to young people, who are then empowered as peer educators to teach the community at large what they have learned. GRS runs its flagship projects in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Zambia and partners organizations in several other African countries.

The community centre and the small-size football pitch will serve an average of 250-300 (up to 1000) children and youth and a staff of 10 to 30 persons daily.

Lusaka, Zambia

Timeline for Construction:
3 to 4 months

Teams are challenged to design a small-size pitch (20m x 40m) with surrounding space for spectators (e.g. seating on elevated ground, etc.) as well as classrooms and media, health, conference and educational facilities that can offer young Africans the chance to further their scholastic and sporting education while providing health and social services. The centre will be located on the site of an existing local community partner, strengthening their activities in the community in order to improve basic education, prevent diseases and promote health as well as encourage the social integration of minorities and disadvantaged populations.

You are also charged to create a marketing and sustainability plan for the organization as well as updated graphical identity.

Design Considerations:
Teams are challenged to incorporate the needs of the community and to employ sustainable and/or local building materials and construction methods to realize their design. There is the potential to create shared services to the community at large, including access to water, power and other support services.

The artificial turf for the football pitch will be freighted to the site in two standardized shipping containers and are free to be utilized in the design if the design teams so choose.

Points to be taken into consideration in the concept phase: future prospect of this centre, expanding in terms of capacity and infrastructure, creating a self-sustaining model for the host community group and becoming development hubs for the training of social entrepreneurs.

Space Considerations:
Football pitch

  • Size: Length 40 m and Width 20 m
  • Surface: artificial turf, green
  • Orientation: Preferred orientation of the field is with the goals facing N.N.W. and S.S.E.
  • Goal: Placed in the middle of the goal line; Width 3 m between the goalposts; 2 m height (between crossbar and the ground); Goal posts 8 cm; Nets, made of hemp, jute or nylon; Depth of the goal shall be at least 80 cm at the top and 1 m at ground level; Goal placed solid in the ground.
  • Boarding: Option between solid boarding or fence boarding. Approximately 1m high.

Community Components

  • Classroom/Conference room (capacity:100)
  • Basic Health Care Facilities (capacity:100)
  • Internet Cafe
  • Common Space for larger gatherings
  • Office for staff members
  • Reception area

Other Components

  • Two toilet blocks (boys and girls)
  • Rainwater catchment and management system
  • Grandstand style seating around pitch (e.g. seating on elevated ground)
  • Entrance Area and perimeter fencing
  • Parking (for 3-5 vehicles inc. 2 mini-bus/vans)
  • Integration in the local landscape requested
  • Use of local materials and local community involvement requested

In General

The centre should be designed in a way that future expansion is possible. The idea is that the basic unit, as described above, develops over the years in regional development hubs/sustainable business. You are not limited to just a football centre but this will be the defining anchor of this project.

Construction Budget
Total Construction Budget: USD 85,000

Soccer Tournament During Workshop