SCORE is an international non-profit organisation specializing in community development through sport and recreation. With its origins in Khayelitsha outside Cape Town in 1991, SCORE now has a national presence across South Africa and Namibia, an office in the Netherlands, and has provided training and consultancy support to sport and development projects in Africa, the Caribbean, South East Asia and the Pacific.


Mission: SCORE uses sport to provide children and youth with valuable skills and opportunities that they need to succeed in life and contribute to their communities.

Vision: To build stronger, healthier communities.

Values: Ubuntu, Fun, Integrity, Diversity, Transformation, Quality, Inspiration, Innovation 

Ubuntu is an African philosophical principle that underlies all we do. It states that a person is a person through other people, that we recognise our common humanity and our interdependence, that we are compassionate and respectful to all, and recognise the good of all above individual interest. I am who I am because of who we all are.

These values and principles guide us in all we do & with whomever we work.


Children and Youth are the main target group of SCORE’s work. Through our programming we aim to develop healthy, responsible, resilient and skilled young people that can take leadership in their own lives and in their communities in the future. Read more ...

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How it started in 1991

SCORE was founded in the sprawling township of Khayelitsha, near Cape Town, by visionary US Olympic rower Juliet Thompson, in 1991. Led by Juliet, a team of five American volunteers worked in five schools in Khayelitsha, coaching and teaching sport for several months at the beginning of that year. At the time, the project was ground breaking, a unique effort to give impoverished township children a chance to play against the backdrop of apartheid South Africa and use sport as the basis of cultural exchange … read more