About Jennifer, 22 years old, from Germany Helpful, interested in sport, open-hearted, humorous, spontaneous and determined are my strengths that will accompany me in Africa. Together with the kids and coaches I will boost and assist GCU Academy as well as I gain some new experience. GCU make it possible for me to get to [...]
Making a difference today!
GCU was set up in 2001 by Mario van Niekerk. Born and bred in Heideveld, Mario had witnessed many of the community’s problems first hand and felt passionate about helping many of the area’s youth and keeping them off the streets. Hence the Soccer Academy was born.
GCU is not just a football club, it has expanded into a wider range of community activities including rope skipping, tutoring, life skills, school for dropout, mentorships and way out of being trapped in the cycle of gangs and drugs.READ MORE
Three intrepid cyclists – Di Thomas, her son Ricky Thomas and friend Deon Botha, are soon to participate in the most extreme mountain biking event in the world – The Freedom Challenge Race across South Africa or RASA www.freedomchallenge.org.za. This is a 2300km unsupported race from Pietermaritzburg to Wellington, held in the dead of winter. [...]
History of the Heideveld Community
Heideveld is a township area on the Cape Flats, less than 20kms from Cape Town city centre. Swathes of families were resettled here in the 1960s after the apartheid government forcibly removed them from District Six, an area much nearer to the city and public amenities.
Fifty years on, the community is facing huge problems relating to unemployment, drug and alcohol dependency, violence and family fragmentation, overcrowding, malnutrition, child abuse, gangsterism, truancy and school drop out.