A soccer pitch in Tembisa is made from old chip bags

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12 September 2022| 15 Safar 1444

A soccer pitch in Tembisa that’s made from more than three million used chip packets, and fully recyclable artificial turf has been hosting educational sporting programmes for almost a year, with the turnout far exceeding expectations.

The Lay’s-branded soccer pitch in Tembisa was handed to the community in June 2021 and welcomed its first programme, in partnership with AMANDLA EduFootball, which creates “Safe-Hubs” for at-risk youth, in October later that year.

The Tembisa project forms part of a global Programme, which has similar pitches in the United Kingdom, Brazil, and Italy. The programme, in collaboration with the UEFA Foundation for Children, already has four more pitches under construction – in the United States, Mexico, Turkey, and Egypt – with plans to launch another three in 2023.

The five-a-side pitch in Tembisa aims to have a positive impact on the community through long-term educational sporting programmes. The EduFootball-RePlay Safe-Hub programmes focus on four main objectives, namely, creating a sense of belonging, increasing engagement, fostering safety, and granting access to sport.

Lay's RePlay pitch in Tembisa

The response to the RePlay Programme in Tembisa has been overwhelming, according to PepsiCo, owner of Lay’s. The programme had initially expected 500 participants, but the average monthly demand had swelled to more than 1,000. 

Source – Business insider