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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.

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.

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