Empowering with sport

2016-05-10 10:51
Chiza Mkandawire from Buffalo City Soccer School project in East London (left) enjoys a game of chess with young leaners from Great Commission United (GCU), a football and basketball project based in Heideveld at Woodlands Primary. The special project visit was hosted earlier this week and formed part of the practical component of first phase of the Laureus’ in-house Youth Empowerment through Sport Programme. Twenty young leaders from various Laureus funded projects have been in Cape Town participating in a special training camp focusing on equipping them with the necessary technical, vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods.

Chiza Mkandawire from Buffalo City Soccer School project in East London (left) enjoys a game of chess with young leaners from Great Commission United (GCU), a football and basketball project based in Heideveld at Woodlands Primary. The special project visit was hosted earlier this week and formed part of the practical component of first phase of the Laureus’ in-house Youth Empowerment through Sport Programme. Twenty young leaders from various Laureus funded projects have been in Cape Town participating in a special training camp focusing on equipping them with the necessary technical, vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods.

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More than 80 schoolchildren in Heideveld were taught how to use sport for the good of their communities when representatives from Laureus visited the area last week.

The Youth Empowerment through Sport Programme (Yes) was launched by Laureus in 2012 and focuses on equipping youth with the technical, vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods.

The first phase of the Yes programme kicked off last week and a special project visit was hosted on Thursday 5 May at one of the Laureus funded local projects – Great Commission United (GCU). GCU is a football and basketball orientated project that aims to keep young people from Heideveld and surrounding areas away from gangs and crime and plugged into positive influences and aspirations. GCU recognises that the reversal of gang culture and poverty begins at grassroots level.

The first phase of the Yes programme is where all the successful candidates from their respective programmes nationally and internationally will get together for a week packed with accredited and non-accredited training; most importantly with once in a lifetime experiences that will motivate and challenge them in understanding their purpose in order to achieve their goals as individuals.

The project strives to enrich the children’s life experience through soccer and basketball and to ignite a desire of wanting more from their lives.
The program targets students who leave school, aged 18 to 25, with particular attention given to young people who are passionate about sport and the upliftment of the communities they are in. Apart from receiving support to serve as positive change agents in their respective communities, the participants also receive job training and placement services.

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