The 2010 Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust board met in Joburg today and allocated R60 million to the second phase of the projects they will support. This is R4 million more than the R56 million that was allocated to 973 beneficiaries in the first phase last year. Applications open next Wednesday and will close on January 31. The allocations will be for the period March 2014 to February 2015. Trust chairperson Danny Jordaan, who is also the SA Football Association (Safa) president; Jerome Valcke, the Fifa secretary-general; and Fifa board member Michael Katz all said they were happy with the progress reports the board had received from last year’s recipients. “These were interim reports but we were quite happy with them,” said Jordaan. “We hope that by the time we receive the final reports, there will be tangible reports that will show that the funding has made a difference.” Valcke concurred and added that Fifa were happy that the money was being used responsibly. “For the past two years, Fifa has been strengthening transparency and accountability to ensure that mistakes of the past are not repeated,” said Valcke. He added that Fifa – who are represented in the board together with Safa and SA business – will continue to monitor the use of funds. So far, the money that has been allocated has been part of the profit from the R450 million capital and Valcke said this will not always be the case as Fifa did not envisage this to be a process that runs indefinitely The board agreed to continue with the same categories as stipulated before the allocations, which are towards: »Equipment and kit; »Bursaries; »Safa; »Regional football entities; »Sport schools, including public specialised schools; »Academies; »Football for Hope; and NGOs working on social development through football. Jordaan said that through the trust, Safa had managed to ensure that 291 local football associations out of a total of 341, already had up-and-running Under-13 leagues. A total of 800 equipment and kit bags valued at R7 500 each had already been distributed.