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...
Aug 5, 2015

Keeping Communities Healthy

Netball Girls
Netball Girls

In partnership with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM), United Through Sport (UTS) implemented a series of community-based projects in the period of June-July 2015 to increase physical activity in the communities of Nelson Mandela Bay. These events were to encourage the residents of the Bay to lead a healthier lifestyle as well as to bring activities to the idle youth during the long school break. Over the winter school holiday, UTS conducted these projects in the form of three Community Walks and two Holiday Programmes in and around the Bay, where a total of 1589 participants took part in the various events.

This physical activity plan formed part of the Designed to Move campaign which highlights the importance of being physically active. As there are a lot risks, conditions and diseases associated with physical inactivity, such as depression, heart disease and strokes, it was important to raise awareness around this. It is also important to inform the young children that they could pro long and improve the quality of their lives and brain power by taking part in physical activities.

The Community Walks were 2KM routes in the townships and catered for everyone in the community; the young and the old. Each walk started off with a brief aerobics warm up session, especially considering how cold it was in the early mornings.  At the end of the walks and after the cooling down exercises, there were challenges and competitions done to showcase ways of doing fun and free physical activities. These included a skipping rope and hoola-hoop challenges and dance competitions. Prizes were awarded to the challenge participants and competition winners, as well as our oldest and youngest walkers.

All the communities warmly appreciated having such events in their township, as they rarely have the chance to participate in these kinds of opportunities in their remote area. The youngest participants were still learning how to walk and the eldest walkers were in their 70s.

The different elements incorporated in the Holiday Programmes were life skills, role plays, sport, general knowledge quizzes, indigenous games as well as arts & crafts. UTS also included some of their own beneficiaries from the Senior School of Excellence to work as volunteers at the holiday camps. The older and more mature beneficiaries assisted as peer leaders to the participants. At the end of the camps, these youngsters felt really good about being involved in such an initiative, and being able to be of service to other children. It was a good opportunity to develop their leadership skills and to take responsibility for developing younger children from their communities.

The older children participated in life skills which focused on HIV and AIDS awareness. The different fun and interactive games in these sessions taught the children about the importance of decisions they make and the consequences which follow, the myths and truths on identifying someone who is HIV positive, how to minimize the risks of being infected and how HIV is spread. The younger children spent a lot of time in the arts & crafts sessions, where they did face painting, paper masks, storytelling and such age appropriate activities.

On the sport aspects, the girls and boys took part in netball and soccer where they were coached by the international volunteers. On the last day of the holiday programme, they played against each other, as well as an indigenous games tournament.

The winter holiday programme was a great success in enabling us to take key aspects of our ongoing programmes to communities that wouldn’t otherwise benefit. Being a development through sport organization; it is great to be working in partnership with the municipality to encourage healthier lifestyles in our communities. 

“It feels great that I can give back to other children and pay forward what UTS has done for me in my life”- Lorenda , UTS Beneficiary, 17 years old

“We never really think about the dangers of living an inactive life, yet there is so much we can do every day to avoid many diseases- we just need to move a little more every day” Sonwabo Jacobs, Colchester Community Member, 45 years old.

Prizes for Winners
Prizes for Winners
Prizes for Oldest Participants
Prizes for Oldest Participants
Hoola Hoop Challenge
Hoola Hoop Challenge
May 7, 2015

UTS Welcomes Class of 2015

The start of the year for the new children in the Senior School of Excellence (SSE) is always full of mixed emotions; excitement of the year ahead but also anxiety about the new schooling system. It is therefore quite important that the older children in the programme offer as much support as possible, easing them into their new schools.

This year, we have a total of 52 children in the SSE programme, four of them doing their final year in high school. We are also happy to announce a new partnership with Alexander High school, which will have their first intake of our children in the year 2016, bringing the number of our partner schools to seven.  Our relationships with the different schools have been amazing so far, with St George’s Preparatory School requesting children as young as ten years old for scholarships.  Our youngest (and cutest) beneficiary, Keanue, will be in the programme for a total of nine years.  He started Grade 4 this year at St George’s, and has stolen the hearts of all the female UTS staff members!

In January, we had a fun outing with our SSE beneficiaries, which was a great way of integrating the class of 2015 to the rest of the group. The beautiful, sunny summer day was spent doing various team-building activities and swimming in the warm still waters of Van Staden’s River mouth. We invited some of the past beneficiaries who started university this year, to take part in the outing as peer leaders to the group.  

Our university students have settled in very well, and are really enjoying tertiary life. Lindiwe now lives in a student residence, a walking distance from campus and has adjusted very well with her housemates. S’bu needs to do a few hours of community work for his studies and there is no doubt which organization he will be doing that with. S’the is over the moon with excitement about his hours of flying aircrafts and Athi is a shining star in the University rugby team.   We couldn’t be prouder of our current crop and past graduates who are flying the UTS Flag high.

“University life is completely different from the past 12 years of schooling, no teachers chase after you for your work so I really need to be super dedicated. Other than that, campus life is good and I have made plenty of friends from other cities!” – Lindiwe, UTS Beneficiary.

Feb 6, 2015

UTS Beneficiaries Graduate To University

Lindiwe received a special prize for Perseverance
Lindiwe received a special prize for Perseverance

2015 is a land mark year for United Through Sport… our first group of children have graduated from high school and are starting their tertiary studies this year.  We are proud to report a 100% pass rate from our five children who were doing matric last year,  the first group of children to receive scholarships  to our Senior School of Excellence Programme in multi-racial schools.  

For Lindiwe, it really has been a life changing experience going through our programmes. Lindiwe will never forget her first year at Pearson High School as it was a huge change in the schooling system from her previous school in the township.  She still looks back at her first academic progress report which had her in tears with disappointment.  One of her highlights in the last five years was the international trip to Brazil in 2014.  Lindiwe has now been accepted at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and will be commencing with her Bachelor of Arts studies in February.

Sibulele has been fortunate enough to travel internationally twice with United Through Sport in the last six years. His first trip in 2009 was actually the gateway to his entry at Pearson High School on the scholarship programme in 2010. With his very unique and inquiring mind, he has always been very interested in how the organization works and has always made himself available for any extra help needed.  Also accepted at NMMU, S’bu will be doing Human Settlement Development Studies.

Back in 2009, Brad was also in the group of boys who travelled to the UK on a rugby tour with us. For Brad, being on scholarship in our SSE meant more than just a school change, but relocation from the small town he was living in, to live with his father in Port Elizabeth. The move developed his relationship with his father, and he is glad we made the opportunity available. Brad is planning to stay in Port Elizabeth one more year, taking a gap year before furthering his studies at the University of Free State in 2016.

Sithembiso’s entire high school life was dominated by his rugby. His achievements include playing for the school first team and his highlights in the six years he has been in our programme include his trip to the UK. With big dreams for his future, S’the has been accepted at the Algoa Flight Centre to become a pilot. He will start off with a Private Pilot License and Night Rating, before continuing on to do his Commercial License. 

Last but not least, we have Athi, also a strong rugby talent.  Athi would love to pursue a profession in the sport; and is well on his way already! With his love and passion for rugby, he has maintained his talent in and out of school. He has been playing Provincial rugby throughout high school, and is actually on bursary at the NMMU this year due to making the Eastern Province Rugby Academy.  Athi will be starting his LLB Law degree and playing for the EP U/19 team this year. Together with the four above mentioned young men, his involvement with United Through Sport started in 2009 where they went on the rugby tour to the UK.

Needless to say, we are extremely excited to have all five starting the new chapters in their lives.  It is a remarkable achievement given the expectation that only 3% of township children will make it to tertiary education.   We are also very happy to have been helpful in affording them such opportunities, and are only expecting great things from them in the future. We wish Lindiwe, Sibulele, Brad, Sithembiso and Athi the best of luck in their studies and we will keep our supporters posted on their progress!

“The UTS scholarship has changed my life!  I wouldn’t have made it to University without their support, I can’t wait to start the next chapter in my life, but also want to help UTS give more children from the township the opportunity to change their lives forever!”  Lindiwe Cezula, SSE Graduate 2014.

Sibulele
Sibulele
Sithembiso
Sithembiso
Brad
Brad
Athi
Athi
 
   

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