Sport is at the core of all we do. We provide access to sport and recreational activities, giving children and youth a chance to play, have fun and learn, but also to develop their skills and to compete. Current sports of focus are Football, Volleyball, Netball, Basketball, Handball, Cricket, Rugby, Fitness, Yoga, Hockey, Distance Running and Tennis.
SCORE introduces and supports the development of common and lesser known sports, by coaching players, training coaches, and supporting the establishment of tournaments, leagues and structured competition. Where facilities and equipment are limited, SCORE uses modified sport to prevent lack of access being a barrier to participation. In addition, SCORE promotes indigenous games and board games.
SCORE supported the introduction of gymnastics to Khayelitsha and handball in the province of Limpopo. In both sports, people trained by SCORE went on to take positions within the federations. SCORE is currently working with the SA Handball Federation to develop handball in the Western Cape.
SCORE understands that participation in regular, quality, and structured sports sessions have an impact not only on sport performance and health, but also on life skills learning, especially for young people.
Sport participation teaches teamwork, fair play, sportsmanship, communication, and the value and benefits of hard work. Other important skills that our participants learn are determination, responsible leadership, goal setting, and how to learn from challenges or mistakes.
The sports team is also an important place for a young person to feel a sense of belonging – a far healthier alternative than joining a gang.
For adult participants, SCORE promotes integrating physical activity as part of an active lifestyle. In communities adults are encouraged to join teams and play sports; whilst at sports centres, SCORE organises aerobics, Zumba and yoga classes.
Read the story of Zandile & Zihle who, as Netball coaches, wanted to help girls in their community of Mbekweni to change their lives through sport.