Creating a better Mzansi through sport and development
Community development is not something I really understood before going to Mozambique. I realise now
how important it can be, bringing people together to improve the quality of
their own lives and the lives of others in the society of which they are part.
I have taken away a deeper understanding of this from Manica and felt like I
could apply it positively in my own culture. The inspiration comes from the
individuals who are constantly investing in their community to realise a dream,
but in particular, a dream that is constantly evolving. The life of the club
has been and continues to be a journey of self-improvement. And that´s the
thing, GDM will never stop, turn around and say “Right then, that´s our job
The up-and-coming FutEco Park was an incredible project to see taking shape while I was in
Manica. It is testament to the determination, ambition and persistence of the
people involved. The amazing thing is how everything is done in stages, as and
when it can be afforded; things don´t always seem certain, but the club´s
general optimism, positive attitude and drive take care of that. FutEco is
going to be a very exciting place
when it´s finished.
Despite my relatively brief experience with the club so far, I am quite sure I will always be
involved with it in some capacity. I don´t feel like I have simply visited GDM
and left. Rather, I feel like some part of me has been visited by GDM, and that´s
changed something about me for ever. I have the distinct feeling that I won´t
stop learning from it and will keep going back."