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Buffalo City Sports Academy

The Buffalo City Sports Academy is committed to working with young people from the ages of 9 to 21 to provide healthier lifestyles through football and hockey.

Buffalo City Sports Academy believes prevention rather than cure is the way forward. Life in the Greater Buffalo Flats and Parkside areas has improved from where violence and death were norms. In these communities, youth face few positive opportunities and can easily set down the wrong path. Thankfully, through programmes like the Buffalo City Sports Academy, gangsterism and violence is now something of the past, but in its place, drug and alcohol abuse, HIV & AIDS, teen pregnancy, and high levels of unemployment have driven youth to other, undesirable ways of life. 

The Buffalo City Sports Academy is committed to countering these ills and works with young people from the ages of 9 to 21 to provide healthier lifestyles through football and hockey. In addition, the life skills aspects of the project provide youngsters with a good understanding of the negative impact of alcohol and drug abuse. These sessions are run regularly by Life Skills facilitators, the Department of Education/Health/Correctional/Juvenile, and the local police.

Through soccer and hockey, the programme creates a safe environment and encourages youth to be confident and leading members of their communities. The programme also aims to instill values of responsibility, discipline, solidarity and health care.