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“VUSA” is the isiXhosa word for waken, arise.
The VUSA program which dates back to 2006 is a Bishops based community initiative which has been giving opportunities to young boys from Nyanga Township in Cape Town through rugby coaching.
One particular success story is current Stormers loose forward, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, and am proud to be associated with his early rugby development when myself and great friend Vuyisile (Veeg) Mbula were coaching at the then Bishops Rugby Academy (VUSA) in 2006.
The VUSA program, official name VUSA Rugby and Learning Academy, enjoyed a very busy and successful start to the 2016 season. The boys, now all residents of Langa and Khayelitsha communities, had been bused to Bishops three times a week for rugby coaching, Maths and English lessons.
They participated in the Skeeles 7s for the first time in their careers, a wonderful experience for them and the local southern suburbs schools playing a number of games against Bishops U12 and U13 teams, Fish Hoek and Durbanville Primary. They acquitted themselves brilliantly playing a fast –paced, high-skilled game and winning some of the games.

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At this year’s tournament the VUSA boys brought it up a notch playing sublime rugby and beating one of the major schools Rondebosch by six tries to one in one of their matches in the two day tournament.

The programme is sponsored by Calulo Shipping (founding partner) and Investec (official sponsor). These funds allow the program directors to run the daily programme (meals, teaching, coaching and transport) and to create experiences for the boys. The boys at the VUSA Rugby and Learning Academy were fortunate to attend the Stormers games where the boys met their heroes, Scarra Ntubeni, Siya Kolisi and VUSA Academy graduate Sikhumbuzo Notshe. The boys also got to train with the Fijian 7s team during the Cape Town leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
The highlight of the season was by far their attendance of the Springboks vs Ireland game in Newlands last year, a moving experience as the boys sang that national anthem at the top of their lungs!

The academy has recently introduced a physical literacy programme at the Dalukhanyo Creche. This entails coaches from the community running daily programmes that involve whole body movement, gross motor skills and ball skills. These sessions are a highlight for the children.
The Academy is now working on enhancing the Busy Bees Rugby Club in Langa, which has youth teams playing Western Province (WP) primary school league. This will then allow a natural conduit for rugby playing boys to continue playing at the next age groups. The goal of the Academy is to have the a Langa Team playing in the WP Super A League. This will be a massive boost to the rugby loving Langa community.

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There are number of opportunities that exist for any individuals or companies that wish to get involved. Please contact bfogarty@bishops.org.za should you have any queries.

“We hope to awaken our boys’ talents and to introduce them to the endless opportunities that exist in the world” – Brendan Fogarty

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The Youth Holiday Sports Program

Twenty-five percent of Township youth participate in organised sports at any given time, compared with 85 to 90 percent in the suburbs, our township Youth Sport Need Assessment. In Cape Town in a population of close to 4 million, 24,8% are children between the ages of 0 to 14 with a vast majority of those children living in the various townships . In contrast to the townships, the suburbs have a full array of youth sports with strong financial support. This late start for township children, especially urban girls, in organised sports robs them of the opportunity for physical activity, coaching, being part of a team, learning skills, and substantial time away from “negative recreation” (drugs, violence or sexual activities).

Clinical studies also show that sports and recreation programs can help youth establish lifelong, healthy, physical activity patterns. Regular physical activity can ward off life-threatening diseases; reduce feelings of depression and anxiety; help control weight and obesity; and build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints, according to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness (USA).

The children in the township’s core must have the opportunity for a successful start in education and sport regardless of age, race, gender, family composition, income or community. In response to this significant disparity, Youth Holiday Sports will be created to provide the sports program necessary for township children to have equal opportunity for organised sports.

Youth Holiday Sports and several corporate partners plan to utilise organised sports and physical activity programs to promote healthy development in youth.

Objectives

To increase participation in youth sports and recreation programs in the Langa area.
To increase youth access to health care and healthy development.

Mission

The mission of Youth Holiday Sports is to create a youth sport program in the Langa township area increasing both sport participation rates and healthy development of the area’s youth.

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Keys to Success

Utilising the school system to promote the sports program and recruiting team coaches.
Minimise field maintenance and facility costs with the school and public access systems.
Maintaining the City Council’s support to provide scholarship funds for needy youth who want to participate in sports.
Recruiting more corporate support for the sports program.
Maintaining a high approval rate with the area’s parents and youth.

Organization Summary

Youth Holiday Sports will be a private, non-profit, youth sports program serving children, ages 6-14, in the Langa area. The focus of the program is to promote youth sport participation, promote healthy development in youth.

Youth Holiday Sports aims to rent office space near the Langa Sports Grounds for easy access to the community. Youth Holiday Sports will be played at the Langa Sports grounds to begin with the aim of eventually using school grounds and public indoor facilities when indoor sports are added.

Services

Youth Holiday Sports will offer the following sports during the 3 school holidays in the year:
Soccer
Cricket
Rugby
Obstacle Course
Team building.

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Market Analysis Summary

Currently, only 10% of 6 -11 year olds in the Langa area participate in organized sports. More importantly, only 5% of girls in that age group are involved in sports. The current age break down provides Youth Holiday Sports with an excellent opportunity to impact half of our target group at the youngest ages. This will have a tremendous impact on the success of the program over the next five years.

Market Segmentation

The 2-5 and 6-8 age groups represent over 70% of the children that Youth Holiday Sports will serve over the next three years. It is critical that the program is prepared to manage the influx of these young children.

For a more detailed synopsis of the program get hold of me via my social pages and let’s get stuck in!

All Model C Schools Need This….

I met with the Director of Rugby and Deputy Headmaster on Tuesday, SACS has plenty of money in the bursaries and Scholarships kitty. Currently they have about 60 boys who are on these scholarships and bursaries from within their catchment areas. What they are lacking are kids who come from the townships, cape flats and farms.

What they want to do is build up their age groups from the Junior school, so the kids will have to be predominantly be filtering in from that side.

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Basic requirements: English for communication reasons, the school will help out with Mathematics, Science etc. Obviously the big plus is someone sporty, rugby tops and also someone who can play other sports in the summer.

What I am really keen on is a kid who is super energetic, lively and is keen to take in all that SACS has to offer. Play sports, join other societies – Music, Take part in plays, Service Oriented and show signs of leadership.

I know it’s like a lot to ask but I did it and I got my badge. I have the most fun.

By the end of my matric year I was a school and Hostel Perfect, Played first team rugby for 2 years, toured Zimbabwe and the U.K. Played keeper for the Second Team, played 2nd team at squash, played tennis, chairman of the African Ethos club, Xhosa best speaker and Xhosa all round awards, took part in school plays and kept a C aggregate in my academics.

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What I want to do and this something that is missing from most if not all modelling C schools is a mentorship programme run by me at SACS where the kids are looked after and mentored by me. I will be showing them the ropes of how I did things to survive at the school.

These kids need someone they can relate to, someone who speaks their language that they can talk to and lay down their grievances, etc.

I will check up on them on a weekly basis making sure everything is hunky dory with them.

Furthermore at high school, the ones that are on bursaries an scholarships going into tertiary don’t know what is waiting for them outside there in the big bad world. No bursaries and scholarships. They have to do student loans. They are all alone and no one to show them what to do. For the first time they have to handle their own affairs.

I would like to carry on the mentoring through their tertiary years until that first day they start their first job.

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What I hope this will achieve that these kids come back and start the cycle of getting other kids through school system they went through.

Above all this I will also like to avail my services to companies that give out bursaries and scholarships to manage their students as they get get about their studies to become qualified in their specific fields. This goes for learners in high school and tertiary.

This will come at a cost to the respective companies.

I hope I have given you enough insight into the whole project.

Been wanting to do this for years.

 

After School

In 1998 after High School I studied Sports & Health Club Management and Public Relations at Varsity College and continued to play my favourite sport at the University of Cape Town where I played alongside players like Gcobani Bobo, The Siwundla Brothers, Brent Russel to name name a few. It was during my time at UCT that I truly believed that I could go further in this sport but injury struck and my career got cut short. I went through surgery and rehab found myself coaching in the Netherlands in early January 2002. I came back after a 3 month coaching and playing stint and after a couple of games I decided to hang up my boots and concentrated on coaching. I coached and managed various sides from 2002 till 2009 at UCT.

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I stayed with UCT Rugby Club coaching and managing various teams from the under 19A’s till the Ish Dramat XV(3rd team). 2012 to 2013 I was involved with the juniors at Wanderers Rugby Club in Johannesburg during my time working there.
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