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Using the sports industry to nurture young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, unlocking their potential in the professional, adult world with consistent access to quality resources and opportunities.
With roots in community development in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, we began using sport to uplift underprivileged children in 2014. Our volunteer team ran regular, mass-participation training in the community, entering teams into touch and mini rugby competitions. Over a dozen young people have been awarded scholarships at leading schools, while many more continue to play competitive sport through our relationships with local schools, clubs and community initiatives.
We opened our own high performance training facility in 2018, providing not only a resource to meet the growing demands of those progressing athletically, but a space in which those not pursuing professional playing ambitions can prosper into adulthood in the wider sports industry. That the young people who have grown up with us are becoming key members of our coaching and administrative team is a source of great pride, not to mention those blazing a trail as professional athletes.
It doesn’t stop when our youngsters reach adulthood. We are committed to playing a role in their lives on a holistic, individualised basis, whatever their chosen professional career, to unlock their full potential as people. We are nurturing South Africa’s next generation as independent, conscious and rounded young professionals, on and off the sports field, with them feeding that ethos back to those that follow in their footsteps.
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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.
Account Name: Connect Community Development
Account Number: 62356179939
Branch Code: 250059