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...
Jan 10, 2014

Sustainability For Feeding Scheme

The vegetable garden completed
The vegetable garden completed

Last October brought around the 4th annual visit from Wellington College’s Social Apprentices. Each year for the past four years has seen Wellington send a group of young socially conscious pupils to work within the United Through Sport programmes, with a focus on creating a legacy from each trip through providing useful facilities and lasting relationships with their South African peers.

Past trips have seen the group build a kitchen, a gym facility and a computer room for the UTS School of Excellence Programme. This group’s focus was creating a vegetable garden that would supply the UTS kitchen with enough vegetables on an on-going basis to feed the 90 Junior School of Excellence (JSE) Programme participants on a daily basis, thus providing further sustainability to the programme.

The 40 Wellington pupils and four teachers along with their 40 JSE buddies worked tirelessly for four days to turn an unused patch of land into a huge vegetable garden capable of producing 10 kg of vegetables per week, including Carrots, Spinach, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Beans and lettuce. The garden was also fitted with four 5000 litre water tanks and irrigation network to use the water collected from the school roof to keep the plants watered.

Apart from the success of the vegetable garden, the Wellington group also formed lasting relationships with their ‘buddies’. This programme saw them spending the week interacting with kids from the JSE programme who have been put forward for Senior School of Excellence (SSE) scholarships for next year, with the aim of improving their communication skills and broadening their horizons. The week’s activities saw them spending time coaching sports at Emzomcane Primary School, visiting Langbos crèche near Addo, visiting Kayalethu Boys Haven and bowling with their buddies, before ending the week with an overnight trip to the Shamwari Conservation Experience.

The 2013 Wellington group were so successful with their fundraising that they far surpassed the total needed for the Vegetable garden and were able to sponsor a further 5 children in the SSE programme for this year. This is added to the two currently being sponsored all the way through high school by Stanley House from the College.

“This year’s group from Wellington added such a valuable contribution through the garden, through the buddy relationships and through the funds raised for scholarships! Their annual trip has become an integral part of our programmes!” – Nosipho ‘Spakes’ Xapile – Program Manager, Junior School of Excellence Programme.

The land before work was done
The land before work was done
Clearing up before work
Clearing up before work
Preparing the beds for planting
Preparing the beds for planting
Buddies at work putting up the fence
Buddies at work putting up the fence
Planting the seedlings
Planting the seedlings
Sep 17, 2013

The Happiest 5km on The Planet

Two of our kids enjoying the race
Two of our kids enjoying the race

“The happiest day of my life”!  This is how Tazneem, one of our Junior School of Excellence Netball players described taking part in The Color Run, held in Port Elizabeth yesterday.  Tazneem was one of 25 children and 17 volunteers from UTS lucky enough to take part in the first ever Color Run on the African continent.

The Color Run, billed as “The happiest 5km on the planet”, is a paint race that celebrates health, happiness, individuality and giving back to the community.  So for us it was extremely fitting that we were identified as the Charity partner for the event in Port Elizabeth, as it encompasses many of the values we instill into our sports programmes.

As Charity partner to The Color Run Port Elizabeth we have experienced nothing but fun and happiness since beginning work with the organizers two weeks ago.  The Color Run team from Portugal, encompass the attitude of the race with their warm, kind and cheerful nature which made the experience for over 50 volunteers from UTS working with them in the build up and on the day of the race almost as enjoyable as the race itself.

On race day, it was an early start for all the volunteers and the 25 children from our JSE programme to get to The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University by 05h30 to prepare for the days events.  Our children enjoyed the race with over 9000 other participants who were all desperate to be a part of this inaugural event in Africa.  The race itself was out of this world for the kids, with bursts of color continually filling the air as they ran around the 5km course.  Each individual had bags of color powder to throw at each other as well as various ‘Color Stations’ of volunteers shooting color at runners as they passed by.  There was more entertainment on the way around with cheerleaders, drummers and fitness instructors all part of the carnival atmosphere willing the runners on.

At the end of the race the festival continued for several hours with music and big screens showing the festivities.  One of the highlights for our kids was being called up on stage in front of thousands of other runners to throw more colored powder packets to the cheering participants.

It was a hugely successful day and one that we, and the lucky 25 children from our JSE will never forget.  It was a real pleasure to work with The Color Run team and be a part of the event all the way through and as part of the legacy, The Color Run have donated funds to ensure that some of those children who took part in the race yesterday will receive a scholarship to go to a top level high school in 2014.  What an amazing day and what an amazing experience!!!

A group of our kids at the start line
A group of our kids at the start line
Jun 13, 2013

Beneficiaries Make Provincial Hockey Teams

Kaylin is the shining star in her school team
Kaylin is the shining star in her school team

Nothing can beat the proud feeling that parents get based on the success of their children. United Through Sport is extremely proud of Kyra, Storm, Numaan and Kaylin for making the provincial teams in their respective age groups in hockey. Kyra and Storm both made the Eastern Province (EP) U/13 “A” side, with Numaan in the “C” team, while thirteen year old Kaylin made the EP U/14 “A” side.

All four of the children are in the Senior School of Excellence program where they received scholarships to top schools in Port Elizabeth. Coming from disadvantaged schools, it has been a joy for them to play in the best facilities this year where they can capitalize on their talents. Not only did they make the EP teams, but they have proved to be the star players in their school teams, for both their hockey skills as well as their shining personalities.

Kyra, Storm and Numaan are at St George’s Preparatory School and Kaylin is doing her first year at Pearson High School. Kyra has dreams of playing for her beloved country, with a back-up plan of a medical career to please her parents. Also with dreams of playing for South Africa, Storm will settle for coaching the SA team if he cannot make it. His second dream is to be a pilot- so he can fly the team across the world. Numaan would love to represent his country in either hockey or soccer, or play for his favourite soccer team- Barcelona. If the sport career does not work out for him, he wants to be a lawyer when he grows up. Kaylin wants to be a teacher when she finishes school, but her biggest dream is to play for South Africa.

UTS is excited to have such ambitious members in the team, wishes them all the best in their new EP teams and as always we will be there to support them in every way possible!

“I am so happy that I will be representing my province when we play against children from all over South Africa and I am excited about the tours coming up. Today we got some hockey goodies from UTS, and I don’t think any other kids have these hockey sticks!”- Kyra, 12 years old

New Hockey Sticks For New Beginnings
New Hockey Sticks For New Beginnings

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