Local community leader makes a difference

2016-03-02 06:00
Asanda Modise (left) with Laureus Ambassador, Quinton Fortune (right) .      Photo: SUPPLIED

Asanda Modise (left) with Laureus Ambassador, Quinton Fortune (right) . Photo: SUPPLIED

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AN inspiring young community leader, Asanda Modise recently graduated from the Laureus Youth Empowerment Through Sport (YES) programme.

The YES programme is one of the exciting ways that the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is empowering and inspiring youth leaders in Africa to use sport for the good of their communities.

Launched in 2012, the programme focuses on equipping youth with the technical, vocational entrepreneurship and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods.

The programme targets school leavers, ages 18 to 25, with particular attention given to young people who are passionate about sport and the uplifting of local communities.

Modise, who grew up in Motherwell and currently resides in Bluewater Bay, said sport has changed his life.

“I was not sociable at all and had a low self-esteem. I then went on to high school, Newton Technical High School, where I was introduced to sport (rugby). Keeping in mind I had never played a match in my life and was not interested in sport, I gave it a shot and made the u14A team.”

“Achievements that followed were u15A at sixteen and I made it into the Eastern Province rugby team the following year at seventeen. I made the EP u18 Craven week team alongside now Springbok player Siya Kolisi at eighteen.”

“I went on to represent clubs such as Police Rugby Club and PE College. Needless to say sport changed my whole life as I was now confident with a high self-esteem. If sport could do so much for my life I knew it could do the same and more for other kids so I took on the role of becoming a sport coach,” he said.

Modise said after he applied for and submitted his application form for the YES programme, he received the news that changed his life forever.

“It definitely changed my life as before I joined the program, my coaching skills and knowledge of the field of coaching and its broadness was one dimensional and only focused on getting to the field and making sure the kids enjoyed themselves. I learned about sport and life situations and through the programme I was introduced to everything that makes a perfect sports coach.”

His plans for the future involve using sport to make a difference in the lives of others.

“In the next ten years I would love to penetrate the whole Eastern Cape with sport and witness the development and change sport has to offer through programmes I have designed. My vision is not aimed at a certain group of individuals but both old and young members.”

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