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Apr 1, 2020

Support for the children of Nelson Mandela Bay

In these unprecedented times, it is important for us to come together as humanitarians to help our fellow humans as much as possible.

After having time to take in the social situation in our communities and the safety precautions announced by the South African government in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have decided to respond to the needs of our communities. We will therefore be shifting the nature of our activities to do what we can to support those in need.

This will include:

• Providing Food Parcels
• Providing hygiene materials
• Creating a community map of services
• Sharing key information through platforms accessible by all
• Sharing health and physical exercise activities through platforms accessible by all
• Sharing mindfulness, yoga and calming exercises on platforms accessible by all
• Providing direct financial support to families in need

We have been extremely heartened by the response of so many people wishing to help others and we are hopeful that this unique situation will bring us together and bring out the best of our human spirit.

If you would like to support our impact with the above measures, please feel free to donate on this platform. 

Feb 12, 2020

United Through Sport's Grade 12 learners excel


Of the ten United Through Sport beneficiaries who wrote their National Senior Certificate in 2019, a 100% pass rate was achieved at their respective schools in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

Their schools have partnered with United Through Sport over a period of five years – investing in talented children from disadvantaged areas in South Africa by providing them with top level education and sport coaching as part of United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence Programme.

United Through Sport Director Nick Mould said 75 pupils formed part of the Senior School of Excellence Programme in 2019. They received academic and other support at seven partner schools in Nelson Mandela Bay. 

“Since the establishment of the Senior School of Excellence Programme in 2010, we have achieved a 100% pass rate and we are once again very proud of the hard work and dedication shown by our beneficiaries. Our journey with them will not end here, since they now automatically form part of our YOUth 1st Network which supports youth members with job skills training, guidance and support in order to access higher education and/or meaningful employment,” said Mould.

While Carlyn only slept a few hours after finding out that she passed with a Bachelor’s Pass before collecting her results recently, Onela, another Senior School of Excellence beneficiaryl, said she was equally excited – particularly to further her studies. “I am more than ready – I can already imagine myself at campus. I love working with children and it is my dream to become a paediatrician,” said Onela.

United Through Sport’s Class of 2019 collectively achieved six Bachelor’s Passes, four Diploma Passes and four Distinctions. The Senior School of Excellence Class of 2019’s plans for the future are diverse – varying from furthering their tertiary studies in Social Work, Tourism to Business Studies.

“We are excited to follow these ten young people’s studies and careers with interest, as they transform their lives even more through the power of sport. We look forward to continuing our work in 2020 and want to thank all our partners for making this positive change a reality,” said Mould.

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.”

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