Connect Academy XV vs Silcoates School

Our first tour rugby fixture of 2023

Connect Academy’s athletes kicked off an exciting programme of incoming rugby tour fixtures on Wednesday 12 April, against Silcoates School from England.

The middle of the West Yorkshire school’s three matches on their visit to South Africa, it was a fixture that also served as a final tune up for the school rugby season for many of the Connect side, who also represent Bosmansdam High School in the Western Cape schools league.

It wasn’t just the boys either, with the girls playing several netball matches against Bosmansdam.

We even enjoyed our first official post-match function at our new home in Cape Town’s northern suburbs, thanks to our partners at the school and our friends at Edwin Doran Sports Tours.

Best wishes to everyone from Silcoates – we hope your students and staff had a wonderful time in our country, leaving with plenty of memories and inspiration to take into the future.

There are plenty more fixtures are already confirmed for Team Connect in July and August against touring teams from Ireland, England and Scotland.

See below for more details and how you can support our work in long-term youth development through access to resources and opportunities.

Connect Academy & Edwin Doran Sports Tours

We are proud to have been working with Edwin Doran Sports Tours, one of the leading operators of school and club trips to South Africa, since 2016.

Our Connect Academy mission is to provide access to resources and opportunities through sport to those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The chance to play multiple touring fixtures every year in rugby and netball helps us to do exactly that for our young people, who thrive on meeting their peers from across the globe.

Donations made by many of the touring schools, meanwhile, form a vital part of our income as a non-profit company and we have been blown away by the support we have received over the years.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch ahead of your visit to ask any questions, or see how you can support our work here in Cape Town.

Watch Our Tour Fixtures Live

SuperSport Schools partnership means you can follow all the action

You can watch our fixtures against our Edwin Doran Sports Tours throughout the season, thanks to our partnership with SuperSport Schools.

Their support since 2022 allows us to stream matches live through the free SS Schools App, as well as on the SS Schools website.

Games then remain on the app and website for you to catch up with at a time to suit you, so you can always cheer on your family member or friend from afar!

Donate to Connect

Will you help us nurture South Africa’s next generation?

We are a registered non-profit company (registration number: 2012 / 057683 / 08) with PBO status. We can issue Section 18(A) certificates on SA donations.

Donate to Connect Academy

We always welcome donations, however large or small, on a recurring or once-off basis, to support our work. You can contribute to help us nurture South Africa’s next generation as an individual or through your company.

Donations have played a huge part in helping Connect Academy reach this stage of its development, taking our participants from their disadvantaged childhood circumstances, all the way through to their first steps in the professional, adult world and beyond.

Your support gives us the ability to work with flexibility in what is an ever changing environment, enabling us to meet the individual needs of each of the young people in our care.

Connect is a registered non-profit company (registration number:
2012 / 057683 / 08) with PBO status. We are able to issue Section
18(A) certificates on all applicable South African donations.

Our Donation Methods

Please click the links for either a recurring or once-off donation, where you will be redirected to our secure payment gateway.

Donating via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

We are also able to accept contributions directly via EFT via the following details:

Account Name: Connect Community Development
Bank: FNB
Account Number: 62356179939
Branch Code: 250059

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