Debate over World Cup legacy


By Play the Game
When the World Cup comes to a football-mad country, the organisation that brings it is in a position to do some lasting good.

In South Africa, FIFA's legacy programme has funded artificial football pitches in poor neighbourhoods. Here, the Football for Hope programme uses football as a way to teach young South Africans about HIV and safe sex.

However, while reaching a few hundred children might be good and well, top South African officials dealing with AIDS, such as Mark Heywood from South Africa's AIDS council, think FIFA could be doing a lot more, and must do more if there is to be a lasting legacy after the World Cup is over:



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