Participating in sports from a young age has lifelong health benefits, including reduced risk of obesity, increased cardiovascular fitness, healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons and improved coordination and balance. This program is geared towards teaching local township children various sports and encouraging them to become more physically active.
What children learn outside the classroom is just as important as what they learn inside it. Taking part in this program involves coaching mainstream South African sports in townships that surround the renowned city of Cape Town. Without this program or volunteer assistance, the children would not have the opportunity to take part in such a variety of sports activities and events, due to lack of equipment, skills and general supervision within the township.
The program involves running sports lessons at the township schools. You will be running general physical education classes but you may also be teaching specific sports like football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby. Volunteers will: prepare and run general physical education classes and coach specific sports such as football, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and rugby.
*Please Note: During holiday periods, all participants will join Cape Town’s school holiday program. During the school holiday period, all of GVI’s projects come together to work at a local library to provide a safe and educational space for children of all ages. Activities here possibly include a wide range, from tutoring, reading and arts & crafts, as well as sports and wellbeing. When possible to do so, the team also runs soup kitchens on the ground in the community.