An Overflowing Cup: Soweto Football Training Center by RUFproject

Julian Abrams

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Football, better known as "soccer" to those in America, isn't just another sport in some areas of the world; in South Africa, the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup in July 2010, it's the sport. With a goal of bringing the country's football tradition passed the World Cup to contribute to the Soweto, South Africa, community and the development of youth football around Johannesburg, Nike Global Football Brand Design enlisted Vancouver-based RUFproject to design the world's first state-of-the art, all-encompassing football training center that would contribute to improving the performance of football players on both a physical and mental level.

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Project Credits:

Lead Architecture & Design:
Lead Architect & Designer: Sean Pearson

Nike Global Football
Creative Director: Andy Walker

Local Professional Team:

Nike South Africa
Project Manager:   Lynette Mollet

Local Project Manager:
SIP Project Managers Ltd.
Project Manager: Colin Cater

Local Architect:
MMA Architects
Lead: Luyanda Mpahlwa

Local Structural Engineer:
AKI Consulting Engineers
Lead: Denis Nash

Local Electrical & Mechanical Engineer:
Spoormaker & Partners
Lead: Corrie Prinsloo

Local Graphic Agency:
Grid Worldwide Branding & Design
Lead: Kevin Pillay

Rainbow Construction
Lead: Eddie Bishop