Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa

by United Through Sport SA
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa
Developing Vulnerable Kids Thru Sport South Africa

Our participants were heavily impacted by the spread of COVID-19. When schools closed during South Africa’s lockdown for 57 days, many of our participants were faced with food insecurity, lack of educational support at home and limited psychosocial support. We have been focusing on addressing these three needs over the past few months.   

In order to address the food insecurity that our participants and their families are facing, United Through Sport joined forces with two other non-profit organizations in the Nelson Mandela Bay area, to create Project Unity. Project Unity is a collaborative effort to support the most vulnerable participants and their families during this difficult time. Since its creation, we have been a part of distributing 12,886 food parcels, benefiting 79,893 people who were faced with food insecurity due to COVID-19.

We used our strong relationships with the schools we work in to identify the children who were at highest risk. Each teacher nominated 3 – 5 children from their classes who were at highest risk of food insecurity. A member from each identified family collected the parcel from the partner school. Project Unity allowed us to meet the basic needs of our participants and their communities, as well as strengthening our relationships with the schools that we work in.

We addressed the lack of educational support and the poor mental health of our participants through QuaranTV and QuaranTimes.

QuaranTV is a provincial TV show that we launched to keep our participants positively engaged while they were unable to attend school. To date, we have produced 60 episodes of QuaranTV reaching an estimated audience of 12,000. Our participants have really enjoyed the interactive content of QuaranTV and many watch the show with their siblings. Our participant feedback on this initiative includes:

"I really like the show, I enjoy trying the activities at home and it helps me remember UTS before COVID. I'm so thankful to be part of this programme.”

"When it comes to lockdown family life, in my family we have strived to build better relationships with each other through sharing meaningful family fun activities. Thanks to UTS and JSE, this has become easy with their presentation of QuaranTV."

QuaranTimes is our health and well-being newspaper that focuses on providing information to children age 5 - 18. We have delivered 10,000 QuaranTimes with key information on Covid-19, how to protect yourself and how to help children through lockdown - supporting their social, emotional and exercise needs.

Thank you for your continued support, we are looking forward to resuming our sport for development programming as soon as it is safe to do so!

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Sibulele is one of the first university graduates from United Through Sport in South Africa, and graduated with a BSc.Hons (Construction Management) from Nelson Mandela University in 2019.

He formed part of United Through Sport for 10 years, firstly as a Senior School of Excellence beneficiary who was recognised for his rugby talent and placed at Pearson High School in Port Elizabeth, and later as a very active and involved Youth1st Network member.

Sibulele was permanently employed as a Marketing Co-ordinator at a local radiostation in April 2020.

“I started working for this company when I was still a student in 2015/16 as a promoter. The Director of United Through Sport, Nick Mould, knew one of the Marketing Coordinators at the radio station, who gave me my first gig as a promoter".

"Years later, on 2 December 2019, I started working at the station as an intern and I am now permanently employed. So, thank you to Nick Mould and United Through Sport for making that initial link for me. So far I'm happy at work. The work is challenging and no two days are the same," said Sibulele.

He continues: "Because of the Covid-19 pandemic many people are finding themselves without jobs, because of retrenchments etc. I am blessed that I am part of a company that can withstand those shocks and not worry for one day about losing my job. Today I have job security where there's so many unemployed people and in no small part it is because of United Through Sport."

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In these unprecedented times, it is important for us to come together as humanitarians to help our fellow humans as much as possible.

After having time to take in the social situation in our communities and the safety precautions announced by the South African government in response to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have decided to respond to the needs of our communities. We will therefore be shifting the nature of our activities to do what we can to support those in need.

This will include:

• Providing Food Parcels
• Providing hygiene materials
• Creating a community map of services
• Sharing key information through platforms accessible by all
• Sharing health and physical exercise activities through platforms accessible by all
• Sharing mindfulness, yoga and calming exercises on platforms accessible by all
• Providing direct financial support to families in need

We have been extremely heartened by the response of so many people wishing to help others and we are hopeful that this unique situation will bring us together and bring out the best of our human spirit.

If you would like to support our impact with the above measures, please feel free to donate on this platform. 

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With the help of you – our loyal supporters - United Through Sport has reached 12 926 children and youth in 2019 with an assortment of programmes tailored to bring sport for good initiatives to Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

Of these beneficiaries, a total of 12 593 participated in coaching and mentorship at grassroots level, a further 202 received intensive support at junior school level, 75 children were supported to go to top level senior schools and 56 youth were supported with mentorship, training and tuition for tertiary studies.

2019 was an impactful year at United Through Sport in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, but don’t take our word for it. Here is a what our beneficiaries and partners had to say:

Mr Mesese - Isaac Booi Primary School Principal
“Programmes like yours, especially the sports coaching, expose our kids at an early age to learn different skills in different sporting codes, which they wouldn’t normaly be exposed to like tennis and basketball. Hence you would find players wih raw talent like the calibre of Siya Kolisi, who also came from a disadvantaged background but is now the captain of South Africa’s rugby team. Your programmes unearth this raw talent and produce great sportspeople and provide opportunties for children who come from disadvantage backgrounds.”

Fazlin (12) - Junior School of Excellence beneficiary
“I enjoyed the programme, it has helped me a lot. It has created a safe space where I feel comfortable to speak about things I don’t usually speak about. It has really united us.”

Edna - mother of one of the Junior School of Excellence beneficiaries
“The programme has helped my daughter. When she started, she felt lonely but later she enjoyed working together with the other children. At school she improved a lot. She leads other children, as she was taught to lead by example by the JSE facilitators.”

Shamese (15) - Senior School of Excellence beneficiary
“The programme kept me out of the street. I would have dropped out by now. I think I would probably be having a baby by now.”

Keenan (15) - Senior School of Excellence beneficiary
“The programme had a very positive impact on my life. It changed my attitude and the way that I ask for help.”

Sibulele (19) - YOUth1st Network beneficiary
“I am here today because of United Through Sport. I was able to go to a top school which opened many doors for me. I grew as an individual and am grateful for the opportunity I got through United Through Sport.”

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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.

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United Through Sport SA

Location: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Nick Mould
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province South Africa
$18,371 raised of $25,000 goal
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