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...
Dec 7, 2011

Holiday Reward For Beneficiaries

teamwork with puzzles
teamwork with puzzles

On the 28th January 54 United Through Sport SA students embarked on a wonderful journey to Bushpig Adventures in Kragga Kamma. They boarded their Algoa Bus along with Shanki, Thembani, S’dima, Spakes and Jessica and left their school at 8am. The purpose of the camp served as many things, a reward for those kids that had performed well and had participated fully with good attendance last year, as well as for new members of the scholarship program to get to know each other and the staff, and finally for the students to develop their life skills, leadership and teamwork during the camp.

When they arrived at Bushpig adventures they were warmly welcomed and greeted by very energetic facilitators. They then had to walk up the hill to the base camp as the Algoa bus could not get there. Bushpig adventures is situated upon a picturesque hill overlooking the farm, ocean and surrounding homes. First the students were treated to a group welcome and introductions in the boma. They then were split into five groups and given a blank flag and paint box. They had to make up a name for their group, a group flag with a logo and a tribal dance. All of this had to be accomplished in an unknown language that wasn’t linked to English, Afrikaans and Xhosa. The groups had a lot of fun preparing for their presentation and really went all out with their creativity and teamwork!

When the time came to present, all the groups took it very seriously and were all very entertaining. In the end we had a winner for the best flag and story and a tribal dance winner. The students were told that they must treat their flag as one of their members and guard it, because if one of the facilitators managed to take their flag, they would be punished. The students were then treated to a snack before they proceeded to their next activity. The next teambuilding activity consisted of 2 different events. A large group had to make a line and hold long poles, and then one by one, they would walk over the poles, practising balance, teamwork, trust and bravery. It was quite a sight to watch. The second was broken into two smaller teams and they each had to lift up a team member above their heads, this showed communication and teamwork.

After these events, a third activity consisted of the team’s members having to make a line and then catch a falling teammate who was standing on someone’s shoulders. This was very scary for the student who had to fall, as they had to have complete trust that their teammates would not drop them. The message of teamwork and communication was then explained to the students.

Then it was time to unpack and settle in. All the students marched down to their accommodation and unpacked and then settled down for a nice lunch and pep talk. After lunch it was time for the build-a-bridge challenge. This really tested the students as they were given a collection of small logs and planks and had to make a bridge that was strong enough to hold all of their team members. They then had to continue this bridge until the finish line, passing logs and planks from the back to make new sections in the front. If any of the bridge fell onto the ground, the team had to go back to the beginning. The teams showed an extreme amount of patience, teamwork and resilience as some of them were sent back a couple of times. We were very proud of our teams and their performance in this challenge.

After a small break it was time for the puzzle activities. There were four stations. Station one was trying to get a tyre off a long pole without it touching the pole. Station two was a puzzle where the students had to move a series of tyres from one pole to another. Station 3 was a log balance course and station four was a spider’s web where each of the team members had to fit through. All of these activities tested the student’s teamwork, communication, skill and creativity.

It was now relax and shower time, before supper. Most of the students enjoyed time to relax and socialize. Before supper there was a "sing-off" between the girls and the boys, which everyone enjoyed. After supper the students were treated to a night walk, through the surrounding forest and fields. No torches were allowed and the students had to use the light of the moon to guide their steps. They all loved the night walk and found it very exciting. After the night walk we made a huge bonfire and some told stories to make the others laugh before bed time. Bed time, well at least for some...

On the morning of the 29th, we had an early start to the day with a 7am wake-up and shower time. After breakfast, the late comers and the teams whose flags had been taken had to clean up the dorms and bathrooms while the others prepared for the obstacle course. The gruelling obstacle course awaited them and our students being so sporty had no problem climbing over the logs, through the spider’s webs and going for a jog through the forest, all the while holding a cup of water. In the end, the team with the most water in their cup won. This took great dedication as well as teamwork to get their cups to the end of the course.

After the obstacle course came the very fun and very messy puzzle race. Each of the teams had to jump over a wall, then crawl and dig their way through a very low bridge in sea sand. They then had to memorize a colourful puzzle and race back through the obstacle course and assemble the puzzle on the other side. If they did not get the puzzle right, the entire team had to go back through the course and look at the puzzle. The students found this activity challenging, but the teams that paid attention and worked as a team did well and finished quickly.

After getting all hot and full of sand, the students were given a chance to have a swim in the local dam, and had a lot of fun as they cooled down and splashed around. Lunch time brought smiles to everyone’s faces as the students enjoyed their must deserved curry bunnies.

Their last activity before home time was to build a suspension bridge. They were given pieces of rope and logs and had to make a bridge that could hold the weight of a brick. Each of the groups got to send two of their members to go and study a model of a suspension bridge in the kitchen before returning to the group and passing on their knowledge. The students had fun building the bridge and all learnt a little something about engineering.

Finally clean up, thank you’s and a very sad farewell as some of the students did not want to go home yet as they enjoyed themselves so much. The students learnt many valuable life lessons and definitely improved their communication and teamwork skills, all the while having fun and getting a good workout. Not only did they have fun, but they also got to know each other and this will definitely help them on the field to work as a team and to communicate. They learnt that if they work hard on the field and are dedicated to practices, they are given amazing rewards such as this camp. The students showed great enthusiasm and dedication and each student brought their own special flavour to the camp. From the student’s feedback, I would definitely say that the camp was a roaring success and fun was had by everyone. I would just like to congratulate Bushpig adventures for giving us such an amazing camp and many wonderful memories.

"The camp was very enjoyable, I learnt a lot about communicating with my team and I loved the nightwalk. Thank You United Through Sport and all the sponsors who made this camp happen"- Samkelo Dumse, 14 yrs,  UTS SA Beneficiary

problem solving
problem solving
working together to achieve a goal
working together to achieve a goal
chill out time
chill out time
Dec 7, 2011

UTS SA School of Excellence Teams Sporting Results 2010

Our Soccer Boys on the field
Our Soccer Boys on the field

SEE Girls Netball

United Through Sport South Africa was invited by Imbewu South Africa to take part in a World AIDS Day Knock-Out Tournament, which was held at the Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide on the 1st December 2010. The tournament had netball, tennis, basketball and 5-a-side soccer games for the U/13s and U/16s. We had our U/16 netball girls and soccer boys playing in this tournament. Our boys played well but unfortunately got knocked out and did not make it to the final. They played 3 games with only one win, and although they fought hard, they lost the other two matches. The girls on the other hand, played a total of 3 matches and made it through to the finals and were the day’s winners! The girls received a floating trophy and medals for each player. The girls felt very proud to be UTS SA girls and proved that all their hard work had paid off. This was a great way to end the year for the students, as they were all excited that their hard work and excellent teamwork had given them the ability to take the win. We were all happy that Imbewu SA had invited us to take part in this tournament, as it was not only to play sport but to raise awareness about this deadly illness (HIV AIDS).

Two of our girls made us proud by making it to the Zimkhitha Lesoro inter-districts netball tournament in East London, representing the Eastern Province in August. From these two girls, one was chosen to be part of theprovincial team that was selected to participate in the SA Games in Limpopo in 2011.  The event was staged to pay homage to the late Zimkhitha Lesoro (a legendary SA netball player) while also honouringWomen during Woman’s Month. Well done to the girls, we are very proud! Throughout 2010 our netball girls have never failed to show up at any occasion without a smile and a vibrant attitude! These girls love being part of their team and have formed close friendships both on and off of the netball field! They always bring their all to every practice and game and they have the good results to prove it. These girls are only moving from strength to strength so who knows what 2011 holds in store for them!

SEE Boys Soccer

The U/15 boys recently took part in an AOC Tournament that was held in the Kwa-Noxolo Township. Eight teams from the surrounding area took part in the tournament and our talented boys won both their matches! They went on to face the hosting team, Ace Milan in the final. Unfortunately our boys drew 1-1.

Over the past few months our U/19’s have played in the PE City Schools league. This was a big step up as it is the first time they have competed against former model C schools (well resourced) on a regular basis and shows they have the ability to play at the top schools level and be ranked one of the top teams in the City.  The students put a lot of hard work and determination into their sport and into every match. Their results were as follows: 4 wins, 2 draws and only one loss. The U/19 boys were extremely excited to come 1st on their log for the school league. The younger boys were not too far off on their log; as they were number 3.

We were invited to a Skillz HCT Tournament, a Heritage Day Cup which was held on our Heritage Day public holiday. UTS SA had a boy’s team as well as a girl’s team taking part in this 10-a-side tournament. There were a total of 16 organisations, with 11 teams taking part in this tournament. The target for the day was to get 250 people counselled and tested for HIV/AIDS, to create awareness about the disease. The target population to be tested was the participants as well as the community members. Each team got extra points for the number of players that went to the voluntary VCT (Voluntary Counselling and Testing for HIV) testing. The actual number of tests done on the day was 189, with both our teams making us proud by being part of this number. Our boys did extremely well and made it to the finals, unfortunately losing their match in the final stage.

Our Soccer boys are one-of-a-kind! Each of their vibrant and unique personalities fit so well together to form the cohesive teams that they are now. They loved the 2010 soccer world cup and learnt a lot from watching the action both on TV and close up and personal. They face many challenges in their lives, but the sports field has always been a place where they can all be equal and shine with their talent and potential. Well done boys! We are behind you all the way!

SEE Boys Rugby

Our U/17 boys recently played in the Grey 7’s Rugby Festival Tournament hosted by Grey High School in Port Elizabeth. From the two games they played, the boys won 1 game and lost 1 game which is a great achievement as Grey are ranked in the top 10 of all schools in the country. We are very proud of 12 of our U/17s boys who were selected to travel to Durban at the beginning of September 2010 to participate in the Sharks Talent Identification Tournament. They returned home with one victory and two losses of the three games that they played there. Our Rugby boys have been working very hard and are showing a lot of potential and spirit. They make us proud everyday and we would like to thank them for their dedication and teamwork through 2010! We can only get stronger as a team and as individuals in 2011!

Thank you to all our donors for 2010! You made a valuable contribution to the lives of our students and to the future development of the South African Youth!

Our Netball girls with their trophy!
Our Netball girls with their trophy!
Our Soccer Boys before the match
Our Soccer Boys before the match
Our Rugby boys preparing for their match
Our Rugby boys preparing for their match
Dec 7, 2011

Kids learn to Life Save

The kids are taught the importance of discipline
The kids are taught the importance of discipline

A selection of our project beneficiary youngsters have been chosen to partake in a beach lifesaving course which will culminate in them becoming qualified beach life guards. Not only will this course give the learners a very valuable life skill it will also provide them with a potential employment opportunity with a certified qualification that could allow them to work any where in the world. The initiative being run by, Hope Through Sport will take the kids through a three month training program ending with them taking their written and practical tests with the South African Lifesaving Association. Godfrey Afrika, Founder of Hope Through Sport said, “Getting your lifesaving qualification is such a valuable skill, yes it’s a qualification that can create employment for you anywhere in the world, but more important than that, you learn to save lives”. An important message that wrung true for Godfrey when he was part of the South African Global Relief Team, the first South African team to assist retrieving victims from the water after the devastating Tsunami that ripped through Indonesia in 2004. In March the team of children from United Through Sport SA will compete in their first life saving competition, the plan is for them to then take their exams in April. Last year there were 97 drownings in Nelson Mandela Bay, of which 95 were non-white. This is a clear example of the need to develop these skills amongst the kids in our township communities. “I’m so excited about this course, I can’t wait to be able to help people who can’t swim on our beaches…when I finish school I want to go over-seas and get a job somewhere like America or Australia!” – Ntsika Hlekani, 16, Project Beneficiary

The kids listen attentively
The kids listen attentively
 
   

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