The Umzingisi Foundation is now in its second year and has recently had a new intake of students. The Stanley House at Wellington College has nominated Umzingisi as their charity and through the Oliver Foundation has committed to twenty gold scholarships.
After many months in the making, The Umzingisi School of Sporting Excellence opened its doors in January 2008 to 48 talented young black athletes living in the disadvantaged township community of New Brighton, Port Elizabeth.
This exciting project brings together top sports coaching and quality secondary education to provide a holistic approach to education for young athletes aged 14 years old living within the township who would otherwise not have the opportunity to develop their sporting talent and reach their full potential.
Umzingisi have been given the opportunity to bring an under thirteen rugby squad to the UK in May 2009. Supported by the charity Touraid, they will be hosted by Saffron Walden RFC and Saffron Walden High school. For a video clip of the boys in training click here.
The aims of the school are to not only enhance sporting levels in football, netball and rugby but offer a fully rounded education to increase the choices available to these talented individuals. Students are given the kind of attention and education that is hard to achieve in a regular school, as well as additional life skills training in subjects such as HIV/AIDS awareness, alcohol and drug abuse and career guidance.
The Oliver Foundation is committed to working with our local project partners to support the growth of Umzingisi and develop students that will form part of South Africa's sporting future as well as inspirational role models for a new generation. Further details can be found on the Umzingisi web site, www.umzingisi.org
Sponsorship for Umzingisi is currently being sought through Lotto (SA Lottery), private investors and corporate sponsorship. To support projects such as Umzingisi and help raise children out of poverty contact Gail or email@example.com.