Aces Youth Soccer Academy (AYSA) | For Boys and Girls

The Aces Youth Soccer Academy (AYSA) is a sport and academic development institution for boys and girls aged between 10 and 18. AYSA is the football development arm of the Aces Youth Sport & Soccer Foundation Trust (AYSSF). Since its establishment on February 7, 2001, the Academy has provided social development support for Zimbabwe’s disadvantaged children through sport and academic education. Many of the boys and girls were born into families shattered by HIV/AIDS and extreme poverty. Without AYSA’s intervention, many would end up on the streets and inevitably fall victim to drugs, crime and HIV/AIDS.

AYSA has an impressive list of its graduates who have gone on to play football in the local and international leagues.

AYSA has introduced outreach programmes to increase reach to those children not part of the Academy particularly in the High Density Suburbs and Rural Schools/Centres.

With support from the ‘Friends of AYSA Foundation’ and various corporate and individual sponsors AYSA participates in various international tournaments.

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About AYSA


AYSA is a youth development trailblazer, offering dynamic world-leading sports programmes and providing critical academic, nutritional, medical, and social support systems; to mould young men and women of character – future leaders.


AYSA’s mission is to establish an institution that is a home and place of excellence for Zimbabwe’s youth. This is being achieved by providing physical, intellectual, vocational, and emotional development. Specifically, the primary assignment of the Academy is to nurture 12 to 18 year old boys and girls such that they achieve their dreams of becoming successful soccer players, coaches, and administrators.


AYSA’s fundamental thrust is the aspiration to empower Zimbabwe’s youth such that they become productive participants in the country’s sustainable economic and social development. Our grand objective is to use sport as a capacity building tool and rescue young boys and girls from the poverty trap by:

1. Providing the essential tools of life: nutrition, health, education (academic and vocational), shelter, talent development, and mentorship.

2. Developing the Academy into a world-class institute of excellence, and this will be achieved by developing an integrated sports training, residential, and educational facility in Harare South.

3. Scouting youth talent from throughout Zimbabwe.

4. Placing Academy graduates with in professional sport organisations and higher education institutions (in Zimbabwe and abroad), and appropriate employment.