National partner profile: Namibia

Second Chance Street Soccer Project


The Second Chance Street Soccer Project is an NGO that utilises football as a tool to eliminate poverty and homelessness in Namibia. They operate in the towns of Windhoek and Ondangwa and engage around 70 participants who are vulnerable to extreme poverty, substance abuse, and marginalisation.
The Second Chance Street Soccer Project aim to reach vulnerable men and women through sport and offer them a chance to improve their quality of life. Through sport, Second Chance Street Soccer introduce participants to a range of other services in order to help them further their education and find employment.

They are supported by the Namibian Premier League club, Orlando Pirates S.C.

Their national tournament engages 10 teams each year. The national tournament also offers participants access to vocational training centres. Once participants complete the training, Second Chance Street Soccer Project assists them in finding employment.
They have been taking part in the Homeless World Cup since 2004. The team was originally associated with The Big Issue Namibia, but in 2008, they registered their project – Second Chance Street Soccer – with the Namibia Welfare Authority and Ministry of Trade and Industry. Since then, SCSSP are the official partner of the Homeless World Cup. SCSSP are sponsored by the Namibian Education Trust.

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Mission statement


The mission of Second Chance Street Soccer Project is to assist socially excluded, marginalised, and destitute people to regain self-esteem, get jobs, get out of the street, and stop substance abuse.

The power of football is used to bring marginalised and vulnerable people back into mainstream society.

Goals for the future

Women's Programmes

To expand their programme and increase the number of female participants


To host a series of street soccer tournaments

Additional information

Partner since


Football Activities

Two weekly football sessions, one for men and one for women, and running a national tournament

Team selection

The Namibian national homeless team is selected from regional tournaments and national trials across Namibia.

Non-football services

Education and access to employment

Participants challenges

Substance abuse, poverty, staying in informal settlements without proper water and sanitation, lack of employment and vocational training opportunities, HIV/AIDS, and prostitution

Organisation challenges

The organisation faces logistical challenges due to the size of the country. It is difficult to cover many areas of Namibia and impossible to include as many participants in their programme as they would like to.

Country challenges

Many people migrate to the capital city of Windhoek to find a better life, but often end up living on the streets (New Era, 2014).

Homlessness definition

According to the Second Chance Street Soccer Project, homelessness in Namibia refers to people living rough on the streets and people living in informal settlements.

Homelessness Statistics

Some 252,000 people, or 34% of the urban population, live in slums in Namibia’s cities (Reall). They are regularly under the threat of natural disasters such as floods, which every year leave thousands of people homeless (Relief Web, 2004).

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