Bringing light to the work of young sports leaders in Zambia

img_news_Zam_2011_London2012_GreshamTwo SCORE trained sports leaders in Zambia have been nominated to carry the famous Olympic flame at the London 2012 Summer Games after peers were asked to recognise inspirational young leaders in their community.  


Sixteen year old Grace Mombi and eighteen year old Gresham Zulu (pictured with his mother) are both involved in the International Inspiration project – UK Sport’s 2012 Olympics international legacy programme, which SCORE is helping to implement in Zambia. As a result of Kicking AIDS Out! Peer Leadership training facilitated by SCORE, young Gresham from rural community Nyimba, has revealed to his friends that he is HIV positive. “Revealing my HIV status to my friends was my highest moment and the biggest difference the programme has made in my life,” says Gresham. “Before I got involved in the programme, I was not eager to reveal my status as I was scared of what people would think about me,” he continues. 

Coached as a sportsman by SCORE, Gresham’s confidence grew after participating in life and leadership courses also delivered by SCORE and is now trained to use his capacity as a sports leader to influence and educate players about social issues such as HIV/AIDS – a disease infecting over 13% of the country’s adult tested population.


He is joined in the nominations by Grace from Kabwata, in Lusaka. As a SCORE trained community sports leader she recruits girls into community sports activities.  She believes, “It is important for girls in the community to be strong and abstain from activities like drugs and not be subject to violence and abuse.” Sharing the positive impact of sport in the community, Grace says, “Before I started organising activities, girls used to say that they cannot play. One girl from Kabwata is an orphan looking after herself, she used to say that she was nobody, but after introducing her to netball in the zone, she has learned that she can be somebody.” Grace’s relationship with her netballers goes far beyond the sports field as her team use their time at training as a space to address issues they face in their everyday lives.   

Although Gresham and Grace are among thousands of other candidates nominated to carry the torch during its relay of Great Britain, the power of sport continues to be recognised and celebrated through young leaders like them who are keeping the spirit of sport alive in their communities. This is a legacy that will be left long after the closing ceremony of next year’s Summer Games.


SCORE Namibia recognised at national awards!

img_news_nam_awards2011_2The impact and contribution of community sports programmes run by SCORE was recognised by the Namibian Sports Commission at this year’s National Sports Awards held in Windhoek last week. SCORE Namibia was recognised for its “Commitment to the development and promotion of sport in Namibia.”


SCORE started running sports programmes in Namibia in 2000, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, focusing initially on schools. More than ten years later, the organisation is now training youth from 13 communities across 11 regions of Namibia in sports skills, life skills and leadership skills.  As a result, participation amongst children and youth at grassroots level has increased, and young people are increasing their leadership capacity,and setting up their own community sports organising structures to sustain activities.


Hulda Goagoses from Windhoek, now works as a Community Sports Coordinator for SCORE, but started as a young person participating in SCORE’s Namibian Volunteer Involvement Program (NAM-VIP) and received all the training that qualified her as a “VIP” . She was there to receive the award on behalf of SCORE and believes the impact of SCORE’s training has contributed to increasing capacity both in her personal and professional life. “I have grown as a leader through NAM-VIP and now I am using sport to create a platform to bring youth together and build a future,” she says.    


Img_News_Nam_awards2011SCORE Namibia received the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ Award in 2009 and 2010.  Reflecting on this latest award, SCORE Namibia Programme Manager Allison Furniss said she was extremely pleased with the award, but that working in partnership was key for success. “The continued support from government departments, especially the Directorate of Sport and from our international donors, including Commonwealth Games Canada, UK Sport and the Jacobs Foundation have all been crucial to ensuring SCORE can continue using sport to train youth to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.”


For more information about SCORE, please contact SCORE Namibia Programme Manager Allison Furniss at

One competition that says it all

img_news_CoH_2011_international_VB“The Cup of Heroes is the right approach to everyday life. Using sport we are keeping people busy, bringing people together, reducing crime, going out into the community and creating a role for youth” Lethabo Moche, 15.


Sport and Development organisation SCORE are developing leaders both on and off the sports field through a multi-skilled competition called the Cup of Heroes.

Teams made up of players, young sports leaders and community members compete in three sports codes: netball, football and volleyball, as well as off the field activities that stretch the minds and imaginations of tomorrow’s future leaders, under this year’s theme Youth changing the world.  


 Now in its fifth year, the competition continues to unite young sportswomen and men from communities across Southern Africa. The international tournament in Johannesburg gives these young leaders the opportunity to travel and find out how like-minded youth are promoting change in their community. Seventeen year old Madikotsi Mangangi and her team from rural community Marapyane, in Mpumalanga explained “we planted food gardens to reduce the poverty in our community and are donating it to the orphans who do not have food in their households.” With each team completing a community service project, the Cup of Heroes is encouraging youth to take an active role in their community.




Teams are also encouraged to find out more about their community and heritage, and as South Africa celebrated Heritage Day over the Cup of Heroes weekend, teams presented their community cultures to one another. Ananias Nangombe from Windhoek in Namibia believes "the best thing about Cup of Heroes is that you get to know different cultures and places in South Africa. You come and see what people are doing and hear different languages and make friends in a different country.”


The lights were dimmed and candles lit as the Marapyane team presented the culture and traditions of India, their partner country assigned to them as one of the competition projects. Researching information using Google from their cellphones, the 30-member team presented the spices, cultures and traditions of this sporting nation. Reciting Hindu prayers and learning common greetings, Kenilwe Mokoena, the cultural coordinator said, "If we went to India right now, we would have no problem with greetings, but it took us weeks to learn them!"




It is the creativity of the Marapyane team and determination both on and off the sports field that earned them first place and winners of the 2011 Cup of Heroes. After coming last in 2009, second in 2010, this title is a sure testament impact the Cup of Heroes competition is having on the lives of young people and how sport is being used to help build their communities.


For more information about the Cup of Heroes, please contact SCORE Communications Coordinator Mel Paramasivan

Using sport to create an understanding of ‘Who I am’

img_news_SA_2011_Sept_CoH“When I was young, I would spend all my time outside playing puca and netball…” she says, but he doesn’t hear her. She looks on at her wide-eyed grandson, as he spends his youth sitting down and fixated on the television screen. It’s Sunday afternoon and he has come to spend time with her. She can barely hear herself think amidst the noise, but in her mind she is trying to recall when ‘it’ happened… 


When did the youth of today forget their heritage? When did culture go missing? When did children stop asking questions?  


Using sport to bring together active youth from communities across South Africa and Namibia, Sport and Development organisation SCORE celebrates Heritage Day this weekend (23-25 September) by showcasing the country’s richest culture and community sport as part of a multi-skilled competition called the Cup of Heroes.


The competition gives mixed community youth teams the opportunity to score points on and off the sports field and deliver presentations that share with other youth who they are through a series of Community Culture presentations.  In addition to playing football, netball and volleyball, through the Cup of Heroes, SCORE are ensuring that youth are aware of their past and developing skills they have learned on the sports field to shape their own and their community’s future.


With twelve community teams taking part, many will be overhearing conversations they cannot understand, but with sport the uniting language, every player shares with one another the excitement of taking part in this truly unique experience. 


Queeny Muluta from Windhoek in Namibia sees the competition as a chance to share with South African youth her experiences in Namibia. “SCORE is about sharing. In our community we play sport together, but we also share skills and knowledge with each other and at the Cup of Heroes you have the opportunities to share your culture so that people can understand us and we get to know other cultures and understand them.”


SCORE celebrates 20 years of Changing Lives Through Sport this year and the Cup of Heroes is a celebration of opportunities youth have gained through sport and how it is shaping their future.   


For more information or to attend the event at Esselen Park in Johannesburg, please contact SCORE Communications Coordinator, Mel Paramasivan at or on +27 731 742 662


Going the extra mile to recognise sport

img_news_SA_2011_09_19South Africa is facing many development challenges. To make things worse, many development organisations are experiencing serious financial and other constraints at the moment. Philanthropist David Barnard is actively responding to this situation by competing in one of the world’s toughest races, the 2011 Sahara Race, to raise money and awareness for NGOs at the forefront of development and community work in South Africa. Recognising the positive impact of sport and development programmes in rural and disadvantaged communities, David will use this extreme sports event to support South African Sport and Development NGO SCORE.


As Executive Director of Pubic Benefit Organisation SANGONeT (Southern African NGO Network), David has interaction with NGOs using very diverse approaches to development and believes “sport is about discipline, hard work and commitment - values that we also need in the rest of our daily lives.”


Competing in The Sahara Race, David will complete a 250km course, (that’s almost a marathon a day), in the world’s hottest desert! The SANGONeTNo Pain No Gain campaign 2011 will support the work of SCORE, Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT), Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and Starfish Greathearts Foundation.


As one of four organisations to benefit from the national campaign, David is supporting SCORE’s work in communities because he says, “I’ve seen the dedication and commitment of SCORE volunteers and trainers, and how the learners respond to them. SCORE's work is clearly making an important contribution in the communities where it is implementing activities, and I hope that the No Pain No Gain campaign will make a positive contribution to expanding SCORE’s work.”


“David’s slogan of ‘no pain, no gain’ resonates with most sports people, but his race through the Sahara pushes way beyond the physical challenge, as he aims to achieve what most of us think is impossible. What makes David’s effort all the more amazing is that he’s doing this for others. That is extraordinary,” says Stefan Howells, Executive Director of SCORE.  


SCORE this year celebrates 20 years of Changing Lives Through Sport, and David’s efforts will go a long way to sustaining the work of SCORE in communities across Southern Africa.


To donate to the campaign, or find out more, please visit

Lessons in leadership


   Here is Hulda at a NAM-VIP meeting in Windhoek.

img_news_Hulda IDEALS2Whilst testimonies from past and present students involved in the International Development Through Excellence and Leadership in Sport (IDEALS) programme consistently recognise the value of participation, how do the hosting organisations feel? This year in Namibia, one woman, Hulda Goagoses from SCORE Namibia, received weekly mentions in the student reports for her leadership, guidance and mentorship. UK Sport asked her to share her side of the story...

Here is Hulda’s story
At SCORE, we work in schools and communities to empower the youth. In schools we work with selected ‘Youth Leaders” who are learners that attend a sport and life skills training to help them become young leaders in different aspects of their lives. In my opinion, the IDEALS partnership helps the development of the programme, but also shows the students how we ‘do it’ in Namibia and is a platform for them to practice their understanding and knowledge.

I supported the work of the students by being with them a maximum of 3 days per week; I was involved in organising, assisting and guiding the work. I organised meetings and activities with the schools, and tried to make sure the volunteers were not left alone to get confused! As their contact person and a volunteer like them we worked well together. I also think the sense of independence made them work well; I was not always holding their hands! The students did well in situations where there was a language barrier, after all, the participants do not worry about the language when there is a ball and play... it speaks for itself!

One of the best bits about having the students involved was that they shared new ideas; in this instance, through the basics on rugby which was unique to us. Personally, the programme gave me an opportunity to work with a group of people I barely worked with in my life ‘the Special Olympics’ mixed group where the youth have different disabilities and language difficulties! I changed my facilitation style to suit the group, and this paid off. The game was about obstacles, and how you work with life’s obstacles. One participant said he would beat up his younger brother if he does not listen to him; to me, this shows a lack of basic life skills. It was another participant who gave the boy advice that he should not hit his brother, but advise him on what is best to do e.g. playing soccer and going to school. It made me feel so positive that most of the group said they give advice to their siblings and tell them how to take care.

IDEALS is a short programme so I can’t state immediate achievements, after all, development is a slow process. However, we do see increased participation when the volunteers come, and also increased capacity through the sharing of ideas from sport to culture which is a blessing to my organization.

The success of the IDEALS programme hinges on the commitment and support of individuals like Hulda, who provide guidance, mentorship and advice for students, in turn allowing them to fulfil their own potential. They also get a real opportunity to put their own skills into action through taking on leadership roles and interacting with peers from different backgrounds. Nikole Smith one of the students from Liverpool John Moore University sums Hulda’s contribution up:

Hulda is brilliant with the kids. She is very enthusiastic and always happy. She encourages every child and ensures each child is involved in the session. She is an inspiring person to work with and I am learning a lot from her.”

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Recognising women’s achievements in the community

img_news_sa_2011_august_women“She is there for everyone in the community,” said nineteen year old Sapho Nofemela, one of thirty youth honouring “Auntie” Mirriam Toni for her contribution to change in Mbekweni. She joins many other women in communities across Southern Africa, recognised for their efforts and achievements through an initiative led by Sport and Development organisation SCORE, which continues beyond National Women’s Month, last month.


Sapho describes Mirriam as, “a woman who has opened up her house to take care of children who are without parents. She knows everyone in the community and everyone knows her. If you have a problem, you can go to her.”


It was for these reasons that the youth from around Mbekweni honoured her in a role play that was delivered to other youth from around the province, as part of SCORE’s Cup of Heroes competition. The multi skilled tournament involves youth showcasing their sport skills in football, netball and volleyball and demonstrating how to use the life and leadership skills they have learned through sport to help their wider community. 


“Sometimes you do work in the community and you think ‘Am I doing the right thing?’ So when you are recognised, you know that you are,” said Mirriam after the Young Leaders paid her a visit.


Mirriam shares with SCORE the belief that sport can change lives and is also the founder of the Mbekweni All Stars football club, with teams for every age category, from u11 to u19. “Sport is important because it keeps children and youth off the streets,” she says. For the past year, her teams have trained at the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre, a state of the art indoor facility that opened in the community during the 2010 World Cup, thanks to the support of UK charity Hope Through Action.


The group of young sports leaders brought food parcels to say thank you to Auntie Mirriam, “She was so grateful that we are making a point to recognise what she is doing,” said Sapho.


Mirriam believes, “It’s important to have leaders in the community. When you deliver, you deliver the right things. I too am a leader, when I deliver, I want the children to do the same thing as me. I am planting seeds, giving water and watching them grow.”

Meanwhile in Namibia, the Cup of Heroes community team from Windhoek recognised former SCORE National Manager Jacqui Shipanga.  "She is a women who is putting women's football on the map!" said Queeny Muluta. Jacqui is now head coach of Namibia's Women's national football team and was appointed by FIFA as member of the technical study group at this year's Women's World Cup.


Youth encourage community to get moving!

img_news_sa_2011_august_mbeks campaignYoung sports leaders in Mbekweni, near Paarl, have embarked on a four day door-to-door campaign to increase community involvement at the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre, near Paarl, as part of an outreach campaign by Sport and Development organisation SCORE.


Seventeen year old Sisanda Masila from Ihlumelo High School in Mbekweni is one of twenty young leaders who will go out into Mbekweni this weekend to talk to residents about the benefits that the facility can offer the community.  


The state of the art indoor sports facility has an artificial pitch, seating capacity for over 300 spectators, changing rooms and conferencing facilities. It opened just over a year ago, during the 2010 World Cup and was funded by UK charity Hope Through Action. The centre continues the legacy of the event by engaging more community members to get active in sport and develop skills they can use away from the pitch. One of the centre’s most successful programmes is the Mbekweni Community futsal league. The 5-a-side indoor variation of football gives teams the opportunity to practice ball control in a smaller area and learn new rules to the popular sport which hails from Brazil. The league currently has twenty teams and is an opportunity for different community teams to meet and compete against other keen players. The centre also hosts community celebrations and sports festivals which encourage older members of the community to visit the centre and take part in the activities.


Sisanda believes that engaging residents at the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre is a crucial step towards lowering crime rates, “thanks to the sports centre, we have seen more people getting involved in sport and now there is no time to do nothing. Crime rates are lower, and people take pride in the community.”


Offering coaching clinics and life skills development workshops for all groups in the community, SCORE hopes this campaign will increase participation and help develop more young leaders like Sisanda. “As young leaders we are recognised for doing the right things. We want to see more young leaders in our community helping youth make the right decisions.”


For more information about the Mbekweni Sports Centre, please contact a member of the team at or 021 868 3387   


Sport spearheads community change!

img_news_sa_community changeSport and Development organisation SCORE continue to put youth at the forefront of community change, by increasing community involvement through the Cup of Heroes competition, which is this year themed, “Youth can change the world” to honour the UN’s International Year of Youth.


In this competition, youth showcase their sport skills in football, netball and volleyball and demonstrate how to use the skills they have learned through sport to help their wider community through a series of off the field activities, including community service and community culture presentations. 


When the team in Peddie, in the Eastern Cape, talked to the Principal of Pamla High School about undertaking community service, he immediately called together a meeting. Working with the South African Police Services (SAPS), Department of Social Development and the Principal of the school, the team discussed with the community groups how the team could make a lasting contribution to the community. As a result, the Cup of Heroes team have now started a Drug Awareness campaign to help tackle the increasing use of drugs in the area.


By engaging the community through SCORE programmes more community groups will be exposed to the benefits sport can provide as well be a part of building a stronger community through sport.   


“In Peddie at the moment, the girls involved in the Leading The Game project have also started a discussion group involving parents and teachers,” says SCORE volunteer Songelwa Sicuku. “Every Wednesday after school the girls organise to hold discussion groups for their peers to talk about issues like teenage pregnancies and drug use. When the group first started, we had only five girls, now parents of the children in the group go as well!”


The Leading The Game project is being implemented by SCORE in partnership with UK Sport and funded by The Big Lottery Fund.


The group has attracted teachers from different schools and through this group greater community relationships are growing. The group has also impacted personal relationships. “There is one girl who has lived with her Auntie all her life, and now she’s 14 and living with her mother. There is a lot of pressure on her and they were always arguing. Now they are both in the group, and starting to talk to one another.”  



Changing mindsets

img_news_Nam_rugby3“In Namibia, rugby is seen more as a white man’s sport, so by coming out here and introducing it, we are helping change opinions and perceptions. Children are now asking us ‘How can I get involved?’” says David Jamison. David is an international volunteer on the IDEALS programme, an international development initiative by UK Sport in partnership with sport and development organisation SCORE in Namibia. 


“We’re coaching girls too,” adds Nikole Smith, coach and sports student from John Moores University, in the United Kingdom. “The girls really enjoy it, they listen hard and actually pick it up faster than the boys!” she continues.


img_news_Nam_rugby2With support for the Springboks gathering momentum further South of the continent in South Africa, David believes, “From talking to some of the older teachers and coaches, Namibia could soon have a team to qualify for the World Cup. It’s a shame that rugby is not played more widely in this community because rugby combines so many different sport skills. In football you kick and in netball you catch but in rugby you do both, and you have to remember to throw backwards.”


In addition to combining sports skills, the rugby clinics are giving children the chance to play a completely new sport, “Children are getting the opportunity to do something different,” says Nikole.


David and Nikole will return to the UK in time for the Rugby World Cup with hopes that the children they coached may one day make the Namibian team.


For more information about IDEALS, please visit:


East Africa Cup, here we come!

“You are not just representing SCORE, but Zambia as a whole.”

img_news_sa_june_EACThese are the words of encouragement fifteen year old Alice Sitali received from her parents and teachers, as she prepares the U16 girls football team from SCORE Zambia for the East Africa Cup 2011 in Moshi, in Tanzania. The girls are the only team from Zambia to qualify for the international tournament and will challenge teams from Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania at the tournament.

As captain of the U16 girls’ team, Alice is responsible for organising training every week and maintaining spirit within the group. “We believe in ourselves and are more than ready to take on any team,” she says.


The East Africa Cup is an international tournament that provides active youth with the opportunity to travel and meet like-minded peers to celebrate sport and culture. Alice says she is “Looking forward to meeting new people, a good performance and making SCORE proud in Tanzania”. This union of sport and culture can be similarly found in SCORE’s Cup of Heroes programme, which is how Alice first got involved with SCORE in 2009. “Since attending an Active Youth course through my school, I have been involved in all SCORE activities in my community. The East Africa Cup training has been a bonus for us as a team, the training has made us know one another even better” she continues.


The participation of girls teams in the U16 category at this year’s event almost doubles that of the boys entries, and Chairman of the Organisation Committee for East Africa Cup George Kamau says, “Looking at the trend of girls teams from 2004, I would say we are doing great.”

The increase of girls participating in football can see seen across other SCORE entities too. In South Africa, under the Leading The Game programme, girls’ participation in football has seen a steady increase through outreach programmes. In Namibia, the partnership with the Namibian Football Association in the Galz and Goals project has also brought a considerable number of girls into the game through school programmes.


”Football has really taught me so many things: to be disciplined, to get focused in life and I have come to understand that I can be the person I want to be in life.” Through training with her team, which comprises of players from different communities, Alice is able to reinforce what she is learning through SCORE programmes. “I have learned new tactics and lessons and new life skills.” 

 In Tanzania, the team will have the opportunity to attend seminars on conflict resolution and education through the arts.

SINAKO - Yes We Can!

“People used to discriminate against me because I am disabled. I could never play football, but now I am playing with able bodied children too!”

img_news_sa_june_SINAKO festivalEvery Monday nineteen year old Andile Phampa walks to the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre near Paarl, in the Western Cape, to play football as part of the SINAKO (“We Can”) programme, organised by SCORE for children and youth with disabilities. “I’ve never played on a team before, this is the first time. Now people recognise me as being part of the community,” he continues.
Football is not the only sport on offer, but it’s the one he enjoys the most. “I’m sticking to football. I want to become a coach and teach other children.” At the Centre he has friends from across the Western Cape who, like him, come to play sport without prejudice or judgement.
SCORE aims to build stronger communities by using sport to provide children and youth with valuable skills and opportunities through programmes, like SINAKO. The programme has been designed to engage disabled learners to develop sports skills and promote social integration. At the first SINAKO festival held earlier this year, local learners from schools in Mbekweni were invited to come and support the disabled learners, to raise awareness of integrating disabled learners into structured sports sessions. Thandokazi Majozi, a teacher from Dorothea School in Stellenbosch, highlights the importance of this social exposure, “What struck me, is the way the kids enjoy themselves here. The children are not used to mixing, but it is so important!”
The children were also addressed by South African Gold Paralympic Medallist Zanele Situ, who touched on her own personal experiences of overcoming prejudice through sport. She said, “There are no barriers when you are playing sport. We can learn from each other...”
Through SCORE’s SINAKO programme Andile and his new friends are breaking down these barriers in their communities, making a difference both on and off the field.
For more information about SCORE programmes, please contact Mel Paramasivan at 

Encouraging youth to leave the streets for the rugby field

img_news_SA_RWC“I’d like to see rugby become the most played sport in South Africa. Most children do not even get the chance to play, and they need to be given the opportunity so that they do not turn to drugs,” said Sizwe Jack from Wellington High School, in the Western Cape. Sizwe is an active player at school and is part of a team, but in nearby community Mbekweni only two of the five high schools have the capacity to offer rugby as a school sport. Working with SCORE, Sizwe is helping engage local learners in Mbekweni to develop a regular, structured rugby programme.


“Rugby is one of the greatest sports in South Africa. I would say it is the most powerful sport in South Africa,” continues Sizwe. 


With the Rugby World Cup only 100 days away, youth are keen to learn more about the sport. “We are trying to stimulate interest with local kids, and set up inter school leagues with teams from Wellington, Paarl and surrounding areas,“ says Kwezi Shumi, SCORE Project Coordinator for the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre. 


The countdown to the Rugby World Cup coincides with the visit of English Rugby Union Team, Old Northamptonians RFC who in partnership with SCORE have just run a coaching clinic in Mbekweni, “We do the same in England, run coaching clinics for children in under privileged areas,” said Mark Kefford, Head Coach.


“It’s the same scenario back home, we use rugby to break down social barriers and teach children about team spirit and the importance of working hard, and how to work together,” continues Mark.


Last year, SCORE successfully introduced rugby as part of its sports programme in Hanover Park, outside Cape Town, “Playing rugby and being part of a team has helped me grow and improve in school and sport. Without rugby, I would still be hanging around the streets and getting into trouble” said 15-year-old Monier Abrahams, from Mount View High School, in Hanover Park.



Taking the Comrades to the community

img_news_khaye_funrunThe spirit of the Comrades Marathon was brought to Harare, Khayelitsha, in Cape Town this weekend through a community engagement fun run, organised by SCORE.  Bringing together community members of all ages to promote a healthy lifestyle and highlight the importance of participation in community activities, over 250 participants took part. Ranging from Primary school learners to the elderly, all ages ran through the streets of Harare, despite the weather conditions.


“We usually watch the Comrades on TV, but now it is coming to us,” said Ntombomzi Maarman, who ran beside her sister and daughter.


“People think events like this are only for white people. You see it happening in Blouberg and Fish Hoek, never in the townships,” she continues.


Ntombomzi was encouraged to take part after her daughter Siyanda, a netball player in SCORE programmes told her about the run. Explaining that she wanted her mother to experience the same benefits as she has, she said “Healthy exercise is good for your body, so when you see the opportunity, you should take it. It is very encouraging to see so many people in the community here.”


“I feel alive now, I’m young again today!” Said Ntombzi after completing the run.

Overcoming challenges for change

img_news_SA_OWD_raft building“You can make the impossible, possible.”


Boniswa Sibecu has been a Young Leader with SCORE for just over a year now. A keen sportswoman and passionate driver for change in her community, she has become an inspirational role model for the children and youth she coaches. As one of the few female football coaches in Khayelitsha, in Western Cape, she believes, “Children can learn so much through sport, about self-esteem, how to work with others and decision making.”


As a reward for her dedication to social change in her community, Boniswa was given the opportunity to practice the skills she had learned through sport away from the sports field. Joining 30 other like-minded role models trained by SCORE in the Western Cape, the group embarked on an adventure through the mountains of Grabouw, outside Cape Town, facilitated by Outward Bound.


Taking part in hiking, raft building and abseiling activities during the adventure week, members of the group were exposed to completely new and exciting challenges and experiences.  “It was like the walk to freedom, it was very hard! I thought I was not going to do it, but when I finished it, I was like wow,” said proud Ndoza Mangwama, another young leader from Khayelitsha after completing the mountain hike.


Nande Mhlon from Western Cape township Mbekweni also reflects on the hike, ”It was my favourite experience. We climbed nine kilometres uphill. We would sing and stop, and sing and stop.” Meeting other inspiring youth from across the Province, it gave leaders a chance to meet, share experiences of community building and learn from one another. “We didn’t know each other before and we learned how to survive together,” he continued.


“It was the experience of a lifetime,” said Boniswa. “My journey this year started at the camp. I sat down and looked at what is going on in my life… It made me realise that in life you have to be positive and strive for success.” Boniswa hopes to study Sport Management next year, “Whilst I finish school I will continue with community sport, and helping other youth.”img_news_SA_OWD_raft in water


In an assessment overview from the Outward Bound facilitators, Boniswa was said to have, “used all her personal lessons for the benefit of the group” and it is this initiative that SCORE hopes all leaders will take back to their communities. “The trip has taught me more, and when you go there, you find new things in your life. Khayelitsha can change, and when I share with colleagues or people who are living with me my experiences, they will love it. If you have skills, you need to pass them on, because people need to know and you need to share.”  


Proteas out, but youth cricket wins!

img_news_SA_CricketWCThe Proteas may have lost their chance to be crowned the Cricket World Cup Champions, but their spirit lives on through youth in Western Cape township Khayelitsha, as participation in Community Cricket Clinics run by Sport and Development NGO SCORE increases.  

In the run up to South Africa reaching the quarter-finals, children from around the community became encouraged to join the sport which has kept the nation engaged for the past 6 weeks. 

Local community Sport Leader Ndoza Mangwana has been involved with the workshops since the Cricket season began, and believes, “It is a new sport to children here, and now they are given the opportunity to play.”


Eleven year old Nigel Mukoti joined the clinics at the beginning of the Cricket World Cup and wants to continue playing after the World Cup, “All of my friends are playing and we are getting coached so that we can also play in teams in the future.”


SCORE also run programmes in Western Cape township Mbekweni in Paarl, at the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre, the training ground for the Mbekweni Cricket School.


Captain of the team, 26 year-old Shaun Rasmeni has used cricket to improve his life “I was a former gangster, but since playing cricket, I have learned respect and discipline. Now I play cricket, and socialise. I am free.”


The profile of this year’s tournament has certainly inspired more children to take up the sport, “Now when you walk around Mbekweni, you see many people playing street cricket because of the World Cup,” he continues.

Hope spreads across South Africa

img_news_SA_2011_02_Themba“I learned that sports can change people's life,” said one young learner after watching critically acclaimed film, Themba: A boy called hope, during a community screening of the film organised by SCORE.

In Ntabthemba, in the Eastern Cape, over 400 children crammed into a school gym that had been converted into a cinema for the afternoon. Nomsa, a SCORE leader from the community said, “We didn’t have enough room for everyone, and a lot of kids want to see it again.” Watching the film on a screen that had been donated to SCORE during the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the international award winning movie also received very positive responses from teachers. “After the film, teachers were suggesting that the film is played in each school, as they saw that it was motivating a lot of kids,” continues Nomsa.

As a supporter of the community screening initiative and part of The Themba Campaign, developed by Do Productions, SCORE integrated the film screenings with Kicking AIDS Out! activities and life skills training sessions, so that children had the chance to discuss and reflect on issues the film raised. One participant from the Western Cape said, "I wish this movie would be played at high schools to motivate kids in our country and around the world."

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Wisaal flies SCORE flag at MDG Youth Conference


“I believe I can speak confidently and provide a unique South African view of the topics for discussion. I have experienced all sorts of prejudices and difficulties. I therefore have a very different perspective on life and hope I can make a valuable contribution to the conference”, said 18-year-old Capetonian, Wisaal Abrahams. Wisaal will be flying the SCORE flag at the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Conference being held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, this week.


Chosen from thousands of enthusiastic applicants across Africa, India and the United States of America, Wisaal was very excited but nervous as she boarded the plane, to The Netherlands, embarking on her very first solo international journey.  She is a member of SCORE’s 1V United team,a football team representative of the diverse youth of Cape Town that demonstrates how sport can build bridges between communities. The team symbolises a unified Cape Town and is a forum for players to discuss and debate issues facing youth today.  Wisaalis also currently a media intern working for a local Cape Town TV station.


The conference Wisaal is attending is entitled “The United Nations Millennium Development Goals – A Challenge for Today's Youth?” and will use creative and interactive workshops to teach participants about the lives of young people in developing countries, encouraging them to translate ideas into action within their own countries, and to raise awareness aimed at reaching the Millennium Development Goals. “I am looking forward to the experience and want to learn about how other people relate to the world and each other. I will use this opportunity for personal growth and to represent the youth of South Africa by being a constructive part of the process.”


As a participant in SCORE’s programming, Wisaal’s selection for the conference is a great example of how sport can provide young people with new skills and opportunities.  Her personal journey and now her trip to the Netherlands showcases the power of football to change lives and unite people from all walks of life. 


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