Bhubezi Pride Foundation Team of 14 volunteers visited Mamelodi to teach the kids about rugby and life skills. The team started their programme with the kids on Monday and today was their last day as well as antournament day for the kids. “We are here to give the kids life skills through sports, so they can live those life skills outside the field, we are coaching from kids aged 10 – 15 years old but other the kids who showed up are from 4 years of age and we are still happy to accommodate them into this programme”, said Sofia Domingos, project manager of the group.
She added that when they started, they started off with 5o kids on Monday and more kids started coming until they reached about 150 kids. She mentioned that South Africa is amazing and being in Mamelodi is a great experience to come as rugby coaches and players, and it is also good for the kids to get different experience, skills and knowledge from different people. Some kids never played rugby before and we encourage them to keep participating in sports.
Sophia said that doing sports is what she loves, and coming into communities gives her an opportunity to connect with the kids and local rugby coaches, she’s leaning about different cultures and enjoying with the kids. Stanza Bopape Rugby Club founder, Peter Moyo was part of the programme as a representative of local rugby coaches. “It is a great initiative, they are keeping the kids away from the streets, they are getting fed and more knowledge about rugby. He added that South Africa need more foundations like Bhubezi to encourage kids to take part in sports. G4S sponsored the programme for the first time in Mamelodi, although it has partnered with Bhubezi Pride for six years to run the programme in nine countries across east and southern Africa.
“We have seen the power of sports that is bringing the communities together, we are teaching the kids about rugby as well as PRIDE (Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Enjoyment), we do life skills, safety programmes with the kids and local coaches, we use rugby as a platform to communicate with the kids.
We are also hoping to extend this programme into other communities like Soshanguvhe and Thembisa, said Wendy Hardy, the communications consultant for G4S South Africa. The kids will at the end of the programme receive medals. The team is looking forward to run their next programme in Botswana.
By: Fortunate Machaba