Football World Cup: SolarWorld Engagement for South African Youth - First Football for Hope Center equipped with Sun-TV Station08-12-09
SolarWorld AG is dedicating its efforts in Africa to the social development of young people and has just equipped the first “Football for Hope Center” in the community of Khayelitsha which is part of Cape Town/South Africa with a Sun-TV Station in the run-up to the Football World Cup. This station was now handed over to the operator of the center, the Grassroots Soccer organization. The “Football for Hope“ movement was initiated by the streetfootballworld organization in cooperation with FIFA and is part of the official FIFA campaign “20 Centers for 2010” within the framework of which 20 health, education and football centers are to be built in Africa.
Sun-TV: Football and education for Africa
“We are delighted that we have been able to equip the first ‘Football for Hope Center’ with our media and education station powered by the sun”, says Gregor Küpper, head of SolarWorld Africa (Pty) Ltd. “In these centers young people cannot only play football with each other and jointly watch the World Cup games but they can also improve their education beyond sports.” Major topics at the “Football for Hope Centers“ are informal educational offers, HIV/Aids information, literacy, equal rights as well as the integration of mentally handicapped young people.
Solar power for television, light and laptops
The Sun-TV Station provided free of charge by SolarWorld AG consists of twelve solar power modules with a total peak output of 2.64 Kilowatt, all additional electronic components required for operation as well as a battery to store the solar power. A television set with a satellite receiver and a DVD player are also part of the equipment. The energy generated by the SolarWorld solar power system is sufficient to operate not only the television media equipment but also twelve laptops and to provide lighting for the training room of the „Football for Hope Center“. The annual energy yield amounts to around 4,400 Kilowatt hours. By the start of the Football World Cup next summer SolarWorld AG wants to install additional Sun-TV Stations in southern Africa. “Football makes the barriers between people disappear. Since many Africans will not be able to afford tickets to the World Cup games we want to promote access to the games with our Sun-TV Stations”, says Gregor Küpper. “At the same time we can demonstrate the multiple applications of this modern and sustainable technology.”
For more information about the organizations Grassroot Soccer and streetfootballworld as well as the „Football for Hope Centers“ please go to www.grassrootsoccer.org and www.streetfootballworld.org.
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