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Jan 7, 2020

Sport for good makes good in Nelson Mandela Bay

With the help of you – our loyal supporters - United Through Sport has reached 12 926 children and youth in 2019 with an assortment of programmes tailored to bring sport for good initiatives to Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

Of these beneficiaries, a total of 12 593 participated in coaching and mentorship at grassroots level, a further 202 received intensive support at junior school level, 75 children were supported to go to top level senior schools and 56 youth were supported with mentorship, training and tuition for tertiary studies.

2019 was an impactful year at United Through Sport in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, but don’t take our word for it. Here is a what our beneficiaries and partners had to say:

Mr Mesese - Isaac Booi Primary School Principal
“Programmes like yours, especially the sports coaching, expose our kids at an early age to learn different skills in different sporting codes, which they wouldn’t normaly be exposed to like tennis and basketball. Hence you would find players wih raw talent like the calibre of Siya Kolisi, who also came from a disadvantaged background but is now the captain of South Africa’s rugby team. Your programmes unearth this raw talent and produce great sportspeople and provide opportunties for children who come from disadvantage backgrounds.”

Fazlin (12) - Junior School of Excellence beneficiary
“I enjoyed the programme, it has helped me a lot. It has created a safe space where I feel comfortable to speak about things I don’t usually speak about. It has really united us.”

Edna - mother of one of the Junior School of Excellence beneficiaries
“The programme has helped my daughter. When she started, she felt lonely but later she enjoyed working together with the other children. At school she improved a lot. She leads other children, as she was taught to lead by example by the JSE facilitators.”

Shamese (15) - Senior School of Excellence beneficiary
“The programme kept me out of the street. I would have dropped out by now. I think I would probably be having a baby by now.”

Keenan (15) - Senior School of Excellence beneficiary
“The programme had a very positive impact on my life. It changed my attitude and the way that I ask for help.”

Sibulele (19) - YOUth1st Network beneficiary
“I am here today because of United Through Sport. I was able to go to a top school which opened many doors for me. I grew as an individual and am grateful for the opportunity I got through United Through Sport.”

Nov 18, 2019

SA Sport Award for United Through Sport

UTS Manager Spakes Xapile and Director Nick Mould
UTS Manager Spakes Xapile and Director Nick Mould

Years of dedication to sport for good work in Nelson Mandela Bay paid off for United Through Sport South Africa, who received a national accolade as the Recreation Body of the Year during the 14th annual South African Sport Awards.

Sharing a stage with South African rugby Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, who overcame many adversities because of the power of sport in his own life, made this award even more meaningful to United Through Sport Director, Nick Mould. United Through Sport runs sport coaching and life skills sessions at Kolisi’s former primary school, Emsengeni Primary School in Zwide. Kolisi was offered a rugby scholarship to the prestigious Grey High School in Port Elizabeth when he was 12 years old.

United Through Sport reaches over 12 500 children at close to 70 schools in Nelson Mandela Bay per year. “We try to cover as many of the Primary Schools in the disadvantaged communities across Nelson Mandela Bay as we can, so we actually work in many schools around the Zwide area, of which Emsengeni is one. We also have a good relationship with Eric Songwiqi who was Siya's rugby coach at Emsengeni and later became Principal of the school. Even after he retired, Eric spent time coaching rugby in our programme. We also have some kids from Emsengeni as well as other schools who have gained scholarships at Grey and other top schools around the Bay, so there are actually a number of kids from our programmes following the same path as Siya,” said Mould.

The South African Sport Awards is an initiative of the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, initiated in 2004 in partnership with South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The awards recognise the impact, results and sporting achievements of the South African sport and recreation sectors.

“This is definitely our first major award. Generally, awards are not something we chase or focus on as we are more focussed on just doing our work and trying to make a difference. However, it is nice to receive some recognition for what we have achieved, and I hope that winning this award will give us more exposure so that we can continue to expand the work that we do,” said Mould.

He thanked all United Through Sport’s supporters over the past 14 years – including corporates, foundations and individuals who have contributed to running the programmes.

“There are too many to list, but they know who they are, and we would not exist without them. I would also like to thank all the international volunteers of which there have been more than 2000 who have travelled to South Africa to give their time for free to support our programmes and have added a hugely valuable human resource over the years. Thank you to all the children, parents, teachers and the staff at United Through Sport for their team effort in achieving this award – we look forward to growing our impact even more in the years to come,” said Mould.

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.

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