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Aug 30, 2018

Hockey star makes South African squad

Kiara, second from left in front row.
Kiara, second from left in front row.

DUE to an injury she played just one and a half matches during a national tournament, yet still made such an impression on the selectors that she was included in the South African Girls Hockey team.

Kiara, a United Through Sport Senior School of Excellence beneficiary who is currently in Grade 10 at Alexander Road High School in Nelson Mandela Bay, was selected to the South African Under 17 High Performance Training Squad following the National Under 18 Hockey Tournament recently, where she represented the Eastern Province Under 18-A team.

Great was her disappointment when her hand got fractured on the very first day of the tournament, after playing just one and a half games of hockey. “I got injured when one of my teammates accidentally hit me. I had to wear a brace for 4 weeks. I expected to just go home after the nationals and had to watch the rest of the games on the side-line.”

“I was really happy when I heard that I still made the South African team,” Kiara said.

The High-Performance Training Squad continued after the national tournament and the selected girls practiced stick work, one-on-ones, running and fitness. “I made a lot of new friends and despite my injury, I learnt a lot during the training squad, especially from the other players,” Kiara said.

Known for her perseverance and grit, Kiara is a star on the sports field where she plays for her school's First Hockey Team. Her goal is to make the Under 18 Girls Hockey team next year to represent the Eastern Cape, and we will certainly keep our eye on this talented young player.

Kyra, from Pearson High School, who also represented the Eastern Province Under 18-A team at the National Under 18 Hockey Tournament, was selected to the South African Under 18-B side. A total of 13 beneficiaries of United Through Sport’s programmes in Nelson Mandela Bay, including Kyra and Kiara, were selected to represent the Eastern Cape in either rugby or hockey.

“We are exceptionally proud of these young sport stars, particularly Kiara who showed true sportsmanship on the hockey field. While we pride ourselves on unlocking sporting opportunities for the talented children who participate in our programmes, it is equally important for us to nurture well-rounded children who show leadership and character on the sports field,” said United Through Sport Director Nick Mould.

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Jul 3, 2018

United Through Sport builds second sports court

Isaac Booi Multi-Sport Court
Isaac Booi Multi-Sport Court

LEAVING a legacy by building a place where children can continue to play sport for years to come, was the motivation for an exciting new project completed this year by United Through Sport South Africa.

The opening of the Isaac Booi Multi-Sport Court, situated in Zwide in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, meant that eager children from Isaac Booi Primary School and the surrounding community could finally test out the court – which they had watched being built over the past few months.

The children will now be able to play netball, basketball, tennis and 5-a-side-soccer on it. Isaac Booi is an anchor school of United Through Sport’s Junior School of Excellence (JSE) Programme, which is based in Nelson Mandela Bay. The programme nurtures participants with ability and determination to give them access to extra academic education, sports coaching and personal development at after-school classes. 

“Making a sustainable difference in the communities where United Through Sport works, is a core priority and we believe this Multi-Sport Court will continue to offer children a safe place to play sport - for years to come as a legacy project. The court not only benefits our programmes we run at the school, but it is also there for the enjoyment and benefit of all the learners at the school as well as the local community,” said United Through Sport Director Nick Mould.

To continue to develop children to the highest level and give them an opportunity to rise above their challenges, they need to have access to quality facilities to enable them to compete with their more affluent counterparts, Mould said.

A parallel JSE Programme is run at Astra Primary School, in Bethelsdorp which is also in Nelson Mandela Bay, where a Multi-Purpose AstroTurf, used for hockey and soccer training, was built by United Through Sport – with the help of various funders. The Multi-Purpose Astro Turf was launched in 2016.

United Through Sport is currently fundraising for a third Multi-Purpose Court for training activities at Astra Primary School. Children between the ages of 11 and 13, spend one to two years in United Through Sport’s JSE Programme - with the intention of preparing them more thoroughly for high school. Children from schools in the area surrounding Isaac Booi Primary School and Astra Primary School attend the sessions. The children are selected (150 in total) at the beginning of the year when they try out in the various sporting codes and undergo basic academic tests, to determine a placement in the JSE Programme.

Jun 5, 2018

United Through Sport delivers 12 sport stars

Kiara and Sachin, two of our budding sport stars.
Kiara and Sachin, two of our budding sport stars.

Twelve children who are participating in United Through Sport South Africa’s programmes in Nelson Mandela Bay have been selected to represent their province (states) in either rugby or hockey.

“We are exceptionally proud of these young sport stars who always give their best on the field. Nurturing talent from a young age is crucial for the development of the children and we pride ourselves in unlocking sporting opportunities for the talented children who participate in our programmes,” said United Through Sport South Africa Director Nick Mould.

Currently 140 children across Nelson Mandela Bay participate in United Through Sport’s Junior School of Excellence (JSE) programme. The programme offers an additional two hours of teaching and coaching every day after school – providing extra academic support in Maths and English, further sports coaching, life skills classes and personal mentoring. Deserving children from the JSE are then selected for our Senior School of Excellence Programme (SSE), for placement at some of the top participating high schools in Nelson Mandela Bay.

At Astra Primary School three boys were selected for the Eastern Province (EP) Hockey Under-13 team: Caylan (C team), Trent (B team) and Coby (C team). In addition, Caleb – also from Astra Primary School - was selected for the EP Hockey Under-14 A team. In the Under-14 B team Sachin was selected to represent his school, Alexander Road High School.

Claredon Park pupil Wayvin made the EP Hockey Under-13 A team, while fellow school mate Keenan had been selected for the final round of the EP Rugby Trials which will be held in Bloemfontein later this month, where the A and B teams are selected.

At St. George’s Primary School Keanu made the EP Hockey Under 13-B team and Clireez made the EP Hockey Under-13 B team.

In the United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence Programme, Kiara from Alexander Road High School made the Hockey Under 18-A team, as well as Kyra from Pearson High School. Kaarian, also from Alexander Road High School, made the Under 18-A boy's team. 

 
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