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Girls & Football

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Our Goals

Meet Apiwhe

  • Apiwhe

Apiwhe has been a football player for two years. She always practices with her brothers but hasn’t had the opportunity to play sports the way they do.

Where she lives in Kayamandi, South Africa, there’s not even a league for girls. That’s why we work with girls like Apiwhe. We want to make sure she has an equal opportunity to participate, both on and off the field.

Our Mission

Why Football?

When a girl plays sports, she is more likely to perform better in school.

When she performs better in school, she is less likely to become pregnant as a teenager. She makes healthier choices, is more likely to have a high self-esteem and contributes positively to society.

In South Africa

½ M

Estimated 500,000 rapes annually

57 Rapes

57 rapes per hour

1 Rape

Almost 1 rape per minute

1 in 4 Girls

1 in 4 girls stands the chance of being raped before the age of 16.

Out of 786 boys interviewed


stated a girl can get raped if she wears a skirt or goes out at night alone


of boys claims that being involved in a violent act makes them feel happy

GFSA Research through key informant interviews and with support from Mxit on why boys and men believe there is violence against girls and women.

Our participants at GFSA agreed


Through GFSA I feel more confident and I want to play football more often.


I think women have the same rights as men


I think it is good we only train with girls


I think a woman can be a good president

Source: 2012 GFSA M&E, Khayelitsha South Africa


Latest News

  • Happy Saturday to all the football stars!
    September 24, 2016

    Today is a great day for a game of football! We can't wait for our September 2017 workshops to kick off! Read More

  • Being a Part of the Best Team!
    September 24, 2016

    We are honored to have been a part of the Fives Futbol women's day tournament in South Africa! Thanks for making us a part of your team!… Read More

  • Support for Banyana on their Road to Rio!
    September 24, 2016

    We are super proud of Banyana's success this year - way to go, team! Read More

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Thanks to you, we’ve reached 3,000 girls in South Africa.
And we won’t stop here.

Help Girls & Football build a stronger South Africa by working with even more girls.



buys one ball for a team



provides training materials for 3 female coaches



provides 5 trips for 10 volunteers to rural communities



covers workshops at a girls' tournament

Our Stories

Why I Love Being a Girl

'Corrective' Rape

Dlala Ntombazana & Fran Hilton Smith



Best Documentary, Festival du TV et Cinema Lebanon
Women Deliver
2012 Winner of Girl Effect
ICESSD Best Research Paper
Winner of Sport & Buisness Challenge
Microsoft YouthSpark


Our Team

  • Jos Dirkx
    Founder & Director
  • Esther Sampson
    Project Manager
  • Nancee Selana
    Workshop Leader
  • Griselda Baartman
    Griselda Baartman
  • Fakhriyah Salie
    Workshop Leader
  • Fran Denton
    Content Co-Creation
  • Jessica Avika
    Jessica Avika
    Workshop Leader
  • Adele Bruggeman
    Adele Bruggeman
    Workshop Leader
  • Cyndi Mendoza
    Cyndi Mendoza
    Workshop Leader

Our Board

  • Fran Hilton-Smith
    Fran Hilton-Smith
  • Phumzile van Damme
  • Scarlett Cornelissen
    Scarlett Cornelissen
  • Ilse Pienaar
    Ilse Pienaar

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