Eyethu Soccer Study
A community-based health intervention aimed at young men living in resource scarce communities, which centres around a soccer league.
WHAT Eyethu Soccer Study
The Eyethu Soccer Study is a community-based health intervention aimed at young men living in resource scarce communities, which centres around a soccer league. The intervention is a partnership between the members of Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University and researches from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The intervention aims to use soccer to promote pro-social behaviours, teach skills like problem solving and goal setting, and deliver health information on subjects such as alcohol use and HIV.
What we are doing
Six teams will initially take part in the Eyethu Soccer League. More teams will be added over the next year as the league grows. Currently the teams all consist of young men between the ages of 18 and 29 from the Mfuleni, Harare, and Endlovini communities. Subsequent teams will be formed from other young men in these communities.
The coaches of the teams have had extensive training to equip them to provide mentorship to young men, teach psychological skills and deliver health messages in accessible and meaningful ways while coaching soccer.
Researchers will be monitoring the young men who take part in the Eyethu Soccer League over a period of 2 years to establish the impact of the intervention on psychological wellbeing and physical health.