Launched by FIFA in 2005, Football for Hope is an initiative contributing to social development around the world. The programme provides support for selected activities run by non-governmental organisations around the world that use football as a tool in their daily work to engage children and young people. CBSA is a beneficiary of Football for Hope.
In 2006, with the support of Football for Hope, CBSA established the Zambia Street Football Network (ZSFN), in which staff working in football-based organisations could come together to play football and share tools with one another for using sport as a tool for development. The major focus of the network is to learn from best practices and collaboration to better organise exciting sports and recreational activities for children and youth.
CBSA is heavily involved in the strategic planning and management of the ZSFN. The network has three other partners — Grassroot Soccer, Kalim Sports Council, and Bauleni Sports Academy — that are all involved in implementing community projects using football as a tool and HIV/AIDS education. CBSA has in the last three years helped to organize local events in Lusaka aimed at increasing participation within the ZSFN communities. The network plans to increase the number of participating partners within Zambia.
The ZSFN is a project supported in the framework of the Football for Hope Movement, the key element of a strategic alliance between FIFA and streetfootballworld. The objective is to establish a quality seal for sustainable social and human development programs focusing on football as the central tool in areas of health promotion; peace building; anti-discrimination and social integration; children’s rights and education; as well as environment to support best practices in the field. CBSA is a proud implementing partner of the Football for Hope Movement and the ZSFN.