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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. 

Apr 6, 2018

Maths Whizz scoops second scholarship prize


RAKING in close to R100 000 worth of tertiary tuition scholarships is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

This is true in the case of Chadleigh, a Grade 12 learner from Alexander Road High School, who has for a second year in a row came in the top three of his age group at the annual Rhodes University Mathematics Experience (RUME).

Chadleigh, 16, is a participant in United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence Programme and has been a beneficiary of United Through Sport’s programmes for the past five years.

At the RUME, which was hosted in Grahamstown on February 16, he competed against representatives from around 30 other schools in the Eastern Cape. He recently heard that he scored second overall in the Grade 11 to 12 category after completing a mini-Olympiad (20-question maths competition) during the RUME.  

“Maths is actually very easy to me. It involves a lot of problem solving and creative thinking. You have to be innovative in the way you solve the problems,” Chadleigh, who lives in Port Elizabeth, says.

Chadleigh is no stranger to performing well at the RUME competition, as he last year came first in his age group during the mini-Olympiad. Combining the two years’ scholarship prizes, he has accumulated almost R100 000 worth of tertiary tuition scholarships for studying at Rhodes University in 2018.

This gifted learner has not made up his mind yet on his future career aspirations but is leaning towards a BSc degree in Microbiology.

He is also competing in the South African Maths Olympiad and enjoys Advanced Programme Mathematics as a seventh subject.

When he is not studying, he enjoys playing tennis, squash and chess.

Mar 13, 2018

Three years of changing lives through sport

Senior School of Excellence new beneficiaries
Senior School of Excellence new beneficiaries

What does a pilot, medical student and aspiring lawyer have in common? Their lives have all been transformed by the power of sport.

A total of 19 young adults who graduated from United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence Programme over the past three years have successfully moved onto tertiary studies or the working world, which is evidence of the progress made by the programme in South Africa.

Since founded in 2005, United Through Sport has used sport as a tool to develop children from disadvantaged and vulnerable backgrounds. Starting at Primary School level, we journey with committed children through to high school, where they receive top level education through our Senior School of Excellence Programme, at some of the best schools in Nelson Mandela Bay.

A recent Impact Report documented the life-changing results achieved by United Through Sport from 2015 to 2017. United Through Sport doubled its intake of Senior School of Excellence beneficiaries from 49 to 89 children (compared to the previous period 2012- 2014). These 89 learners all received, or are in the process of receiving, top level high school education.

Our Grade 12 school leavers have consistently achieved a 100% pass rate every year.

What our graduates had to say:

“When I look at my friends now, every friend is either pregnant or in jail. You’ve changed my life. You made my dreams into reality. Continue to help kids find their purpose in life. Continue doing the great job that you are doing!” – Lindiwe (Politics and Public Administration Student)

“United Through Sport gave me such an amazing opportunity. I feel like I have grown much more and have been exposed to many more opportunities and people thanks to United Through Sport. The fact that they also saw me as a deserving candidate for the bursary inspired confidence in me that I never previously had.” – Bronwyn (Medical Student)

“I was offered opportunities to play rugby for the Sharks Academy, but I had set my heart on becoming a pilot. My time with United Through Sport had taught me to pursue my dreams. I have slowly been working towards achieving this dream. My parents are helping me. I have my first pilot’s license, but I can’t get a job yet, I need more hours to get a commercial pilot’s license.” - Sthembiso (Trained Pilot)

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