United Through Sport SA

We are a South African registered charity dedicated to encouraging disadvantaged individuals and communities to develop to their full potential in sport, education and health. We are committed to using sport as a tool to develop the disadvantaged and vulnerable youth. We do this by; 1. Using direct sports coaching - for its health benefits, improved emotional well being and increased life skills (teamwork, leadership, decision making, communication). 2. Using sport to discuss critical issues - by delivering curriculums on topics such as HIV / AIDS awareness in a fun and interactive manner on the sports field. 3. Using sport for improved educati...
May 7, 2015

UTS Welcomes Class of 2015

The start of the year for the new children in the Senior School of Excellence (SSE) is always full of mixed emotions; excitement of the year ahead but also anxiety about the new schooling system. It is therefore quite important that the older children in the programme offer as much support as possible, easing them into their new schools.

This year, we have a total of 52 children in the SSE programme, four of them doing their final year in high school. We are also happy to announce a new partnership with Alexander High school, which will have their first intake of our children in the year 2016, bringing the number of our partner schools to seven.  Our relationships with the different schools have been amazing so far, with St George’s Preparatory School requesting children as young as ten years old for scholarships.  Our youngest (and cutest) beneficiary, Keanue, will be in the programme for a total of nine years.  He started Grade 4 this year at St George’s, and has stolen the hearts of all the female UTS staff members!

In January, we had a fun outing with our SSE beneficiaries, which was a great way of integrating the class of 2015 to the rest of the group. The beautiful, sunny summer day was spent doing various team-building activities and swimming in the warm still waters of Van Staden’s River mouth. We invited some of the past beneficiaries who started university this year, to take part in the outing as peer leaders to the group.  

Our university students have settled in very well, and are really enjoying tertiary life. Lindiwe now lives in a student residence, a walking distance from campus and has adjusted very well with her housemates. S’bu needs to do a few hours of community work for his studies and there is no doubt which organization he will be doing that with. S’the is over the moon with excitement about his hours of flying aircrafts and Athi is a shining star in the University rugby team.   We couldn’t be prouder of our current crop and past graduates who are flying the UTS Flag high.

“University life is completely different from the past 12 years of schooling, no teachers chase after you for your work so I really need to be super dedicated. Other than that, campus life is good and I have made plenty of friends from other cities!” – Lindiwe, UTS Beneficiary.

Feb 6, 2015

UTS Beneficiaries Graduate To University

Lindiwe received a special prize for Perseverance
Lindiwe received a special prize for Perseverance

2015 is a land mark year for United Through Sport… our first group of children have graduated from high school and are starting their tertiary studies this year.  We are proud to report a 100% pass rate from our five children who were doing matric last year,  the first group of children to receive scholarships  to our Senior School of Excellence Programme in multi-racial schools.  

For Lindiwe, it really has been a life changing experience going through our programmes. Lindiwe will never forget her first year at Pearson High School as it was a huge change in the schooling system from her previous school in the township.  She still looks back at her first academic progress report which had her in tears with disappointment.  One of her highlights in the last five years was the international trip to Brazil in 2014.  Lindiwe has now been accepted at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and will be commencing with her Bachelor of Arts studies in February.

Sibulele has been fortunate enough to travel internationally twice with United Through Sport in the last six years. His first trip in 2009 was actually the gateway to his entry at Pearson High School on the scholarship programme in 2010. With his very unique and inquiring mind, he has always been very interested in how the organization works and has always made himself available for any extra help needed.  Also accepted at NMMU, S’bu will be doing Human Settlement Development Studies.

Back in 2009, Brad was also in the group of boys who travelled to the UK on a rugby tour with us. For Brad, being on scholarship in our SSE meant more than just a school change, but relocation from the small town he was living in, to live with his father in Port Elizabeth. The move developed his relationship with his father, and he is glad we made the opportunity available. Brad is planning to stay in Port Elizabeth one more year, taking a gap year before furthering his studies at the University of Free State in 2016.

Sithembiso’s entire high school life was dominated by his rugby. His achievements include playing for the school first team and his highlights in the six years he has been in our programme include his trip to the UK. With big dreams for his future, S’the has been accepted at the Algoa Flight Centre to become a pilot. He will start off with a Private Pilot License and Night Rating, before continuing on to do his Commercial License. 

Last but not least, we have Athi, also a strong rugby talent.  Athi would love to pursue a profession in the sport; and is well on his way already! With his love and passion for rugby, he has maintained his talent in and out of school. He has been playing Provincial rugby throughout high school, and is actually on bursary at the NMMU this year due to making the Eastern Province Rugby Academy.  Athi will be starting his LLB Law degree and playing for the EP U/19 team this year. Together with the four above mentioned young men, his involvement with United Through Sport started in 2009 where they went on the rugby tour to the UK.

Needless to say, we are extremely excited to have all five starting the new chapters in their lives.  It is a remarkable achievement given the expectation that only 3% of township children will make it to tertiary education.   We are also very happy to have been helpful in affording them such opportunities, and are only expecting great things from them in the future. We wish Lindiwe, Sibulele, Brad, Sithembiso and Athi the best of luck in their studies and we will keep our supporters posted on their progress!

“The UTS scholarship has changed my life!  I wouldn’t have made it to University without their support, I can’t wait to start the next chapter in my life, but also want to help UTS give more children from the township the opportunity to change their lives forever!”  Lindiwe Cezula, SSE Graduate 2014.

Sibulele
Sibulele
Sithembiso
Sithembiso
Brad
Brad
Athi
Athi
Feb 6, 2015

Brazil Success for United Through Sport

Round of 16 clash with Ghana
Round of 16 clash with Ghana

“Wow....what a two weeks it has been. I don’t even know where to start! We have just returned from what feels like a dream” – Athapelele, United Through Sport South Africa Scholar.

These were the words of one of our 8 children returning from Brazil having participated in the Street Football World Cup alongside the FIFA event. United Through Sport was the representative team for South Africa and took 8 young people from our Senior School of Excellence Programme (4 boys and 4 girls) to take part in the tournament which had 24 teams from around the world participating. The tournament was not just about Football but placed a big emphasis on the cultural exchange; promoting fair-play, respect and cooperation.  At the end of each game, teams were awarded a potential extra three points depending on how well the opposition and mediators felt they complied with the aspects promoted. The trip was to take part in a Football competition but what the group got from it was a whole lot more.

From visiting local Favelas and interacting with the local community to learning Capoeira (a Brazilian form of dance fighting), playing in front of crowds of 100’s in the bustling city centre of Sao Paulo (the largest city in South America) to learning Spanish and making life-long friends with their Argentinean house mates; the trip was filled with such a richness of experiences and learning opportunities that it will take many more weeks to fully digest what they have done and achieved.

On the field the team did extremely well considering their age and background.  We cruised through the group stages of the competition with big wins over USA and Costa Rica and a nail biting victory over the Philippines, only to set-up an extremely tough encounter with Ghana in the round of 16. From here we moved into a ‘Fair-play’ group which we topped by beating Philippines and Panama and drawing with Sierra Leone, who boasted a full time professional player. Proudly we finished the competition as one of the few teams to finish with maximum fair-play points for Respect, Cooperation and Solidarity. Off the field the kids made us even more proud. We proved to be one of the most popular and well supported teams in the competition, especially amongst the locals. This was in no doubt due to the open nature in which our kids engaged with the many other teams and cultures they came across.

It was a truly wonderful trip for the United Through Sport kids that participated which created experiences and memories that will last for a life time. Most important is the lasting impact that the trip has had on their interpersonal skills, their cultural awareness and their aspirations for the future.

“I learned about so many different countries and cultures, I learned Spanish, Portuguese, German and Filipino. We took part in so many discussions and debates and we saw and experienced so many new things. I really feel like our brains were bombarded with new information to learn. It’s left me with a desire to travel more, see more and learn more...I will never forget this experience” – Lindiwe – United Through Sport South Africa Scholar.

The girls melted at how sweet the local kids were!
The girls melted at how sweet the local kids were!
Mediation after a game with Panama
Mediation after a game with Panama
Most of the kids were first time flyers
Most of the kids were first time flyers
Mixing with the very friendly locals
Mixing with the very friendly locals
Proud Team. Proudly South African!
Proud Team. Proudly South African!

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