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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

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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Sibulele
Sibulele

UNITED Through Sport in South Africa made history as an organisation with the first of its youth members graduating in 2019.

Seven members of the organisation’s YOUth 1st Network are entering the world of work after completing their tertiary qualifications in 2018 in Nelson Mandela Bay. Four of the graduates attended top South African high schools (Pearson High School in Port Elizabeth and Jeppe High School for Boys in Johannesburg) through scholarships made possible by United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence.

United Through Sport Director Nick Mould said the beneficiaries have reached the top of the organisation’s pyramid model – consisting of four different programmes feeding into each other and each level increasing in its depth of the impact per beneficiary, starting at primary school.

“The graduates have come full circle from being identified on the sports field in our Mass Participation Programme, to completing their secondary schooling at top schools in the country, and finally stepping out of the poverty cycle by achieving their degrees. They are now able to earn a living and make a meaningful contribution to the economy and the communities where they live,” said Mould.

Lindiwe graduated with her BA degree, majoring in Political Science and Public Administration, from Nelson Mandela University in April this year. Lindiwe, whose netball talent was personally recognised by Mould who secured a bursary for her to attend Pearson High School from 2011 - 2014, is the first person to graduate in her family.

“It’s only now that I am graduating, that I realise how far I have come. It wasn’t always easy, but I stayed positive and never gave up. I knew from the beginning that I just had to work harder than the other children at my high school. I never wanted to go back to wearing my old school’s uniform and that motivated me to persevere,” said Lindiwe.

This year she will be working as the YOUth 1st Network Co-ordinator on a full-time basis at United Through Sport’s office in Newton Park, Nelson Mandela Bay, and plans to also pursue further studies by doing an Honours degree in Public Administration. “My long-term future plan is to one day sponsor a child for all his or her years of studies, in the same way that I was assisted. For now, I think I am going to enjoy my job as co-ordinator at United Through Sport because I will be helping our youth with bursaries and encouraging them to work hard and persevere with their studies,” said Lindiwe.

Another United Through Sport beneficiary, Sibulele, graduated with his BSc. Hons (Construction Management) from Nelson Mandela University in 2019.

Like Lindiwe, he was 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, and later as a YOUth 1st Network member. He will continue his studies this year by tackling his Master of Science Degree in Construction Management.

“I am here today because of United Through Sport. I was able to go to a top school like Pearson, which opened many doors for me. I grew as an individual and am grateful for the opportunity I got,” said Sibulele.

Sibulele is passionate about development work and was the co-ordinator of the youth chapter of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Port Elizabeth. He also developed a proposal for a resource centre in Missionvale, which he hopes will one day help children with afterschool homework and leadership mentoring.

“We have to build ladders and pay it forward. I was blessed with this opportunity and I want to give back to others in the community around the Missionvale Campus,” Sibulele, originally from Motherwell, said.

Sibulele and Lindiwe, along with the other graduates, all worked in the YOUth 1st Network during their tertiary studies by mentoring and giving homework support to high school learners from the Senior School of Excellence Programme.

Other graduates from the YOUth 1st Network completed a B. Com Degree in Marketing and Business Management; a Tourism Diploma, a HR Management Diploma; a Journalism & Media Studies Diploma, and a degree in Quantity Surveying.

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GirlsUnite Graduation
GirlsUnite Graduation

United Through Sport recently celebrated its pilot girls’ empowerment programme with a graduation ceremony hosted at Astra Primary School in Bethelsdorp, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

Here, in their own words, are what some of the girls had to say about the programme:

My Voice matters because I have the right to say no to things.”
“GirlsUnite taught me to speak up.”
“GirlsUnite helped me to share my problems in a safe space with other girls.”
“GirlsUnite helped me through difficult times, when I was in trouble.”
“I learnt that I am strong, brave – I will always be, because of GirlsUnite”.

GirlsUnite has been running at the school since the second semester of 2018, where girls aged between 10 and 14 years from the local community – including girls attending neighbouring schools – were equipped with skills and knowledge to safeguard and empower them to cope with challenges in their socio-economic environment more effectively.

United Through Sport General Manager Spakes Xapile said the programme has achieved rewarding results, with the desired impact on the lives of the girls who graduated.

“We find this to be a critical intervention age, where girls reach puberty and are exposed to many challenges. They do not always feel comfortable discussing sensitive topics with the boys present in class. The programme had excellent results with regards to building the girls’ self-actualization and self-esteem,” said Xapile.

The programme included activities such as sexual health workshops facilitated by graduate counsellors from Nelson Mandela University’s Missionvale Psychology Centre; self-defense sessions on physical safety as well as a talk on being safe online by a social media expert. Several guest speakers were invited to address the girls on various topics to empower them.

The theme of all the sessions and outings revolved around the power of the girls’ voices, said GirlsUnite Co-ordinator Cindy Preller.

“The girls became more confident, they know their rights, they know where to turn to for help, and importantly, they are able to share this knowledge with other girls in their families and their communities. It has been amazing to see the transformation in the girls as they find the power of their voices,” said Preller.

United Through Sport would like to thank all the guest speakers and corporate partners who donated of their time and in-kind donations to support the programme. A special thank you to the main funder of the programme: EMpower Innovations Awards through the Estee Lauder Companies Charitable Foundation.

United Through Sport plans to continue with the programme in 2019/2020 and would like to expand it to other schools in Nelson Mandela Bay, as well as include a dance component to the programme, where the girls will learn new life skills through interactive dance moves.

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United Through Sport SA

Location: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province - South Africa
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Nick Mould
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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Province South Africa
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