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Sep 27, 2019

Football team gets the chance of a lifetime

Football team in the UK
Football team in the UK

THE lives of 14 South African football players have changed forever, after they jetted off on a plane to the United Kingdom.

On September 23, 2019 the Port Elizabeth boys went on their first international trip to the UK where they were hosted by Dulwich College in South London as part of week-and-a-half sporting and cultural exchange, made possible by United Through Sport and partners.

The boys visited the Arsenal Football Academy and went on a tour of the Emirates Stadium in London, as well as attended a Premium League football match between Crystal Palace FC and Norwich City.

However, the boys did not only sight-see during their time in the UK, but were also afforded the incredible opportunity to play football against top local professional academy teams and schools in London, said United Through Sport Director Nick Mould.

In addition to playing a friendly match against the Arsenal Academy’s U/12 and U/13 teams, the boys also played against Crystal Palace Academy and their host school, Dulwich College.

“There were school and club scouts watching the boys, keen to offer an opportunity of a scholarship to players that stood out. Aside from the football taking place, the boys participated in an academic and cultural exchange programme designed to broaden their horizons, sensitise them to cultural similarities and differences, teach them about career opportunities and foster long lasting exchange relationships with their UK counterparts,” said Mould.

The football team who travelled to the UK was made up of U/12 and U/13 boys from United Through Sport’s programmes based in the disadvantaged areas of Port Elizabeth, as well as boys playing club football at Calledonian Football Club in the city.

The boys were hosted by families from Dulwich College in South London and attended school and trained with their fellow football players from the school. Dulwich College is an academically selective independent school for boys based in London, which recently celebrated its 400th anniversary.

Aug 19, 2019

Provincial Colours for our Sport Stars

From left: Trent, Kayrian, Caleb, Kiara and Sachen
From left: Trent, Kayrian, Caleb, Kiara and Sachen

FIFTEEN children who are participating in United Through Sport’s programmes in Nelson Mandela Bay, achieved EP Colours to represent their province (state) in either rugby or hockey recently.

The children traveled to Paarl, Pietermaritzburg and Bloemfontein in the South African winter school holidays to play against the top young rugby and hockey players of the country, representing their province in the various national tournaments.

In our Junior School of Excellence (JSE) programme four children made EP teams. They are Amy from Astra Primary School (Under-13B Girls Hockey), Ezray from Astra Primary School (Under-12A Boys Hockey), Caleb from Bethelsdorp Road Primary School (PE North Under-13A Rugby) and Sylvan from Gelvan Park Primary School (Under-13A Boys Hockey). These children participate in extra academic, mentoring and sports sessions hosted after school by United Through Sport.

In our Senior School of Excellence (SSE) ten children made EP teams, with seven of these children coming from the same school - Alexander Road High School. They are Trent (Under-14A Boys Hockey), Wayvin (Under-14B Boys Hockey), Sachin (Under-16A Boys Hockey), Kayrian (Under-16A Boys Hockey), Caleb (Under-16B Boys Hockey), Kiara (Under-18A Girls Hockey) and Ethan (Under-15 PE Metro Rugby – Captain).

We are extremely proud of Kiara, who was selected for the South African Under-18A Girls Hockey team. She was also selected to represent South Africa last year, when she made the Under-17 SA High Performance Training Squad.

Known for her perseverance and grit, Kiara is a star on the sports field where she plays for her school's First Hockey Team.

Other SSE children who made EP teams are Storm from Grey High School (Under-21 Men’s Hockey), Kyra from Pearson High School (Under-21 Women’s Hockey), Clireez from St George's Preparatory School (Under-13A Girls Hockey) and Ethan, also from St George's Preparatory School (Under-13A Boys Hockey). All of the children are beneficiaries of the SSE scholarship and bursary programme.

Jun 25, 2019

Seven youth members reach the top of the ladder

Sibulele
Sibulele

UNITED Through Sport in South Africa made history as an organisation with the first of its youth members graduating in 2019.

Seven members of the organisation’s YOUth 1st Network are entering the world of work after completing their tertiary qualifications in 2018 in Nelson Mandela Bay. Four of the graduates attended top South African high schools (Pearson High School in Port Elizabeth and Jeppe High School for Boys in Johannesburg) through scholarships made possible by United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence.

United Through Sport Director Nick Mould said the beneficiaries have reached the top of the organisation’s pyramid model – consisting of four different programmes feeding into each other and each level increasing in its depth of the impact per beneficiary, starting at primary school.

“The graduates have come full circle from being identified on the sports field in our Mass Participation Programme, to completing their secondary schooling at top schools in the country, and finally stepping out of the poverty cycle by achieving their degrees. They are now able to earn a living and make a meaningful contribution to the economy and the communities where they live,” said Mould.

Lindiwe graduated with her BA degree, majoring in Political Science and Public Administration, from Nelson Mandela University in April this year. Lindiwe, whose netball talent was personally recognised by Mould who secured a bursary for her to attend Pearson High School from 2011 - 2014, is the first person to graduate in her family.

“It’s only now that I am graduating, that I realise how far I have come. It wasn’t always easy, but I stayed positive and never gave up. I knew from the beginning that I just had to work harder than the other children at my high school. I never wanted to go back to wearing my old school’s uniform and that motivated me to persevere,” said Lindiwe.

This year she will be working as the YOUth 1st Network Co-ordinator on a full-time basis at United Through Sport’s office in Newton Park, Nelson Mandela Bay, and plans to also pursue further studies by doing an Honours degree in Public Administration. “My long-term future plan is to one day sponsor a child for all his or her years of studies, in the same way that I was assisted. For now, I think I am going to enjoy my job as co-ordinator at United Through Sport because I will be helping our youth with bursaries and encouraging them to work hard and persevere with their studies,” said Lindiwe.

Another United Through Sport beneficiary, Sibulele, graduated with his BSc. Hons (Construction Management) from Nelson Mandela University in 2019.

Like Lindiwe, he was part of United Through Sport for 10 years, firstly as a Senior School of Excellence beneficiary who was recognised for his rugby talent and placed at Pearson High School, and later as a YOUth 1st Network member. He will continue his studies this year by tackling his Master of Science Degree in Construction Management.

“I am here today because of United Through Sport. I was able to go to a top school like Pearson, which opened many doors for me. I grew as an individual and am grateful for the opportunity I got,” said Sibulele.

Sibulele is passionate about development work and was the co-ordinator of the youth chapter of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Port Elizabeth. He also developed a proposal for a resource centre in Missionvale, which he hopes will one day help children with afterschool homework and leadership mentoring.

“We have to build ladders and pay it forward. I was blessed with this opportunity and I want to give back to others in the community around the Missionvale Campus,” Sibulele, originally from Motherwell, said.

Sibulele and Lindiwe, along with the other graduates, all worked in the YOUth 1st Network during their tertiary studies by mentoring and giving homework support to high school learners from the Senior School of Excellence Programme.

Other graduates from the YOUth 1st Network completed a B. Com Degree in Marketing and Business Management; a Tourism Diploma, a HR Management Diploma; a Journalism & Media Studies Diploma, and a degree in Quantity Surveying.

 
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