Venturing into new sport codes

2019-04-03 06:00
Some of the members of the Young Colonials Sports Academy at the the FET College Grounds.PHOTO: supplied

Some of the members of the Young Colonials Sports Academy at the the FET College Grounds.PHOTO: supplied

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THE Young Colonials Sports Academy (YCSA), which until recently solely focused on soccer, has now extended its reach in other sport avenues, namely volleyball, cricket and swimming. Operating from the FET College on Newholmes Way, the registered NPO was established in 1925 and operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday being a 100% volunteer-based organisation, including all its activities with the families involved bearing all costs associated to the academy.

“The individuals that have been working together with us for the last 11 years dedicate their time and contribute financially and are very community driven. They bring their positivity into the academy creating a warm and family-driven environment amongst our athletes,” said Doug Naidoo, who spoke on behalf of the academy. Naidoo said their coaches are currently equipped with the necessary skills and training to promote the other codes of sport that the academy has ventured into.

“Our coaches are equipping themselves with the necessary skills to promote other codes of sport within the academy.”

“In 2016 we offered grassroots soccer to aspiring young girls and boys in the U7, U11, U13, U15 and U17 age groups affiliated with Mountain Rise Astro,” said Naidoo. The academy caters to children from areas like Eseketheni, Umsilinga, Copesville and Northdale who are often impoverished and strives to at least supply them with one nourishing meal a week on game days.

“Through sport we seek to unify coaches, players and their families to promote healthy morals and values within the society. We are now embarking on an outreach programme to assist our indigent children who excel in curricular and co-curricular activities to represent their schools, district or province,” said Naidoo.

He said the academy owes its success to the community, adding that the generous sponsors they receive from the community help ensure they continue to grow.

“We welcome any assistance no matter how big or small to ensure the smooth operations of the academy,” he said.

THOSE WILLING TO ASSIST CAN DO SO USING THE FOLLOWING DETAILS:

Banking Details: FNB: Midlands Mall

Account Name: Young Colonials Sports Academy NPO

A ccount Type: Business Account

Account No.: 62805804623

Branch Code : 257355

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