Provincial recognition for United Through Sport learners

2018-05-23 06:02
Clarendon Park Primary School sports administrator, Anda Sakube, (middle) with Wayvin Meyer (left) and Keenan Martin.    Photo:SUPPLIED

Clarendon Park Primary School sports administrator, Anda Sakube, (middle) with Wayvin Meyer (left) and Keenan Martin. Photo:SUPPLIED

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ELEVEN children, who are participating in United Through Sport’s programmes in Nelson Mandela Bay, have been selected to represent their province in either rugby or hockey.

“We are exceptionally proud of these young sport stars who always give their best on the field,” said United Through Sport South Africa director Nick Mould.

“Nurturing talent from a young age is crucial for the development of the children and we pride ourselves in unlocking sporting opportunities for the talented children who participate in our programmes,” he said.

Currently, 140 children across Nelson Mandela Bay participate in United Through Sport’s Junior School of Excellence (JSE) programme.

The programme offers an additional two hours of teaching and coaching every day after school – providing extra academic support in Maths and English, further sports coaching, life skills classes and personal mentoring.

Deserving children from the JSE are then selected for the senior school of excellence programme (SSE), for placement at some of the top participating high schools in the city.

At Astra Primary School, three boys were selected for the EP Hockey u/13 team: Caylan Fouché (C team), Trent Gunn (B team) and Coby Jonas (C team). In addition, Caleb Gaseba – also from Astra Primary School – was selected for the EP Hockey u/14 A team. In the u/14 B team, Sachin Padayachee was selected to represent his school, Alexander Road High School.

Claredon Park learner, Wayvin Meyer, made the EP Hockey u/13 A team, while fellow schoolmate, Keenan Martin, had been selected for the final round of the EP Rugby Trials, which will be held in Bloemfontein later this month, where the A and B teams are selected.

At St George’s Primary School, Keanu van Niekerk made the EP Hockey u/13 B team and Clireez Brugh made the EP Hockey u/13 B team.

In the United Through Sport’s Senior School of Excellence Programme, Kiara Meyer from Alexander Road High School made the hockey u/18 A team, as did Kyra Jurgens from Pearson High.

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