Coach Marshall(s)

2018-01-25 06:00
Learners at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School are part of JAG Foundation’s running programme conducted by veteran athlete and coach Marshall Moiloa.

Learners at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School are part of JAG Foundation’s running programme conducted by veteran athlete and coach Marshall Moiloa.

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Veteran coach Marshall Moiloa is a man with a mission; trying hard to turn youngsters into sports stars.

Every day during the school week you will find him at various schools holding athletics training clinics.

“Sport is not just a game, it’s a set of life lessons and any child growing up without it is seen as disadvantaged,” Moiloa told Vision Sport during his first training session at Ludwe Ngamlana Primary School in Kuyasa on Monday afternoon.

Moiloa is the RCS Gugulethu Athletics Club head coach and JAG Foundation’s athletics project manager.

“I train young children at different schools in the Cape Flats and our aim is to root out things like alcohol and drugs abuse, gangsterism through sport,” he said.

Moiloa said JAG Foundation’s aim is to offer positive alternatives, by using sport as a catalyst, in order to ‘create the change’.

“We believe in creating change and that sport is a powerful tool for personal and social upliftment and a healthy well-being, and when utilized correctly, an influential force in combating societal issues,” he said.

The programme for primary school children was launched in May 2007 in the Western Cape.

“It is designed to challenge children of all fitness levels to run and walk one kilometre three to five times a week,” he explained.

Liyema Maphanga, a Grade 6 learner who has been training with Moiloa for the past three months is every excited.

“I am very happy for this training because I want to be like Wayde van Niekerk when I grow up,” he enthused.

Yakha Mngxuma has represented the school in a national running competition in Jo’burg: “He gives us tips on how to run correctly and behave when we play with other children.”

Lilitha Ntozini is a Grade 5 learner who said she looked up to Caster Semenya and will devote her life to training.

Way to go coach.


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