United Through Sport

Context: Infrastructure and socioeconomic indicators in the Eastern Cape lag behind other areas of South Africa. Its population suffers from high unemployment, badly equipped schools and a poor healthcare system. Educational opportunities for inhabitants of the Port Elizabeth Township are especially poor: only 3% of students enter tertiary education after high school, compared with 97% of students from top schools in the area.

Organization: United Through Sport (UTS) in one of few sports-focused co-ed organizations in South Africa that successfully recruits girls and young women. To mitigate key points of school dropout– between primary and secondary school & between grades 11 and 12–UTS provides a combination of academic support and sports training to equip at-risk youth with knowledge and skills to continue schooling, succeed in secondary school and go on to tertiary education or secure employment. 

UTS also uses a tiered sport-for-development programme to improve emotional well being and increase life skills (teamwork, leadership, decision making, communication), and discuss critical issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, and gender equality in a fun and interactive manner on the sports field.

Current Grant: With EMpower’s fourth grant to United Through Sports supports efforts to prepare young people to successfully transition to secondary school, scale up the JSE program to a second location, and provide fundraising training for key staff.

United Through Sports was formerly known as Umzingisi.

South Africa Contact: Nick Mould Contact Email: nmould@unitedthroughsport.org  Website: http://www.unitedthroughsport.org/south-africa-english Year Established: 2007