A Cycle Club for Ukhanyo Primary School

The MCC MASI 750 Sports Club is expanding into cycling at Ukhanyo Primary School. Tim Mosdell of the Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) handed over 22 bicycles to head of department Sello Matloporo on Friday 20th October at the school assembly, on behalf of a collaboration of NGOs, including Masicorp, BEN and the following partners: Rotary Club of ClaremontPedal Power Association (PPA); Qhubeka; #Bike4All (a joint PPA BEN initiative); Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) and Pedal for Peace.

The handover team of all invoved. Many thanks

It was probably the most memorable assemblies of the year ending with teachers, coaches and learners riding around the quad in celebration.

The Claremont Rotary Club have given a generous donation to both the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club and the Songezo Cycling Academy based at Chasmay Road Campus. They have further provided funding to support the required cycle training for Ukhanyo coaches and learners, after exams and during the holidays.

Tim Mosdell of Ben Bikes spoke at the school assembly saying

“We would like to thank Ukhanyo Primary for hosting this very special event where a fleet of 22 bicycles has been handed over in support of the establishment of a cycling club at the school. In particular, we would like to thank Sello Matloporo, the sports coaches, and all the learners for all their efforts in setting the groundwork for this project.

We would also like to acknowledge the role that MasiCorp has played in facilitating access to the school and community.

While this is a significant step in empowering learners through the use of bicycles, there is a lot more to come in terms of ensuring the sustainability of the project. Some of these activities include:

  • Providing bike maintenance training to the cycling club,
  • Running the “Cool Kid on a Bike” cycling safety program,
  • Running cycling related holiday programs at the school,
  • Providing more bicycles to the club as the club expands.

We are really pleased to be working in such a collaborative way with such a vibrant and enthusiastic community, and look forward to a very strong relationship going forward. Together we can make a huge impact in this community. We urge the learners at the school to get involved in the cycling club and the other sporting initiatives at the school and to have FUN!”

The Cycle Club is being geared to start its journey after training at the end of the 4th term. Take off will be in 2018.

The MCC Masi 750 Sports Club – taking sport onto the streets of Masiphumelele

Project leader Vince van der Bijl reports on three key areas of success for the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club at Ukhanyo Primary School.

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When is our turn to bat!The under 7, 8, and 9 mini cricket teams now play in a weekly competition scheduled for the whole fourth term, played at Fish Hoek Primary School together with eight other local schools.

The first Wednesday competition was met with great excitement. The youngsters are doing so well thanks to the mini-cricket sessions played in the quad twice a week under Teddy Nyali and Nceba Jonas’s watchful eyes.

The teams playing in their first ever mini cricket competition performed admirably and the under 8s won their first ever formal match. The keenness and excitement was palpable – we had five coaches there to support and encourage.

Mini-cricket here we come!

Soccer and netball

Nceba met the Ubuntu Football Academy and is working with them to develop a strategy which is to start in the first term of next year. There will initially be two teams (under 11s and 13s). The programme is done in such a way that the boys will be able to attend multiple different sports practices during the week.

Popular netballNetball remains a very strong and competitive sport at Ukhanyo. Teams from all age groups play 12 months of the year such is the demand. One of our partner NGOs, Coolplay, held a successful netball tournament at Ukhanyo working with Nceba and the surrounding schools. It received high acclaim from those involved and may be the start of more such tournaments next year.

2018 will therefore introduce School soccer teams for the first time and expand the player base of netball. Watch this space.

Sporting Chance Street Cricket and Soccer Tournament back in Masiphumelele

Brad Bing the founder of NGO partner, Sporting Chance, has for years run an amazing street cricket and soccer event which electrifies the communities in which they operate. Masiphumelele was chosen to be involved this year.

Bradlyn Stuurman, from Sporting Chance, assisted us on the first Friday. Twelve teams of six Ukhanyo under 13 players, chosen in teams named after the Masiphumelele streets in which they live, contest to be the Masiphumelele Champions – the local final will be played on November 24th. The teams alternate on Fridays playing soccer and cricket. Two girls have to be selected in each team – 72 learners and 12 coaches are involved between 1 and 3 every Friday.

The winning team plays in the Provincial final the following week against the best teams from Langa and Khayelitsha for the coveted Street Sport Title.

New Sports Coaches Getting Involved at Ukhanyo Primary School

Visitors to Ukhanyo School are sure to have noticed the big changes in PE that have taken place since the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club launched a few months ago. The first change is the number of staff involved in delivering sports education to the learners. Through volunteers and staff at the school there are now 14 coaches participating in addition to project leader Vince van der Bijl himself.

Pam enthusing the kidsHead coach Nceba Jonas remains in charge of Athletics, Soccer, Netball (together with Fez Payi the vice-capt. and Pam Ngcwama as a coach) and there is now a cycling club (Kwanele Lunga, the vice capt. with Nokuthula Gomba (Tula) and Vuyiswa Ninyusa (Lola) as coaches)

Sports coordinator Teddy Nyali is in charge of administration, head of rugby (Frank Charlie, the vice capt. and Xolani Mahlulo as coach) and cricket (Sergio Presence and Jade Schoeman as vice-capts.) and for mini-cricket (Vuyolwethu Gunguluza (Vuvu) and Lubabalo Peter as vice-capts.)

Five educators from the school have voluntarily put their names forward to coach after school. The most exciting shift. David Lewis, a seasoned cricket coach, ex cricketer and businessman attends every practice and assists with mentoring the cricket coaches

 The start of things to come

All 14 fulltime and part-time sports coaches at Ukhanyo workshopped and have agreed on The Coach Code of Behaviour. It has both key words and the actions which sets the approach required for competitive and fair sports activity.

Some examples of the key performance indicators are to lead by example, be respectful at all times, positive attitude, team first always, and of course to win with humility and lose graciously

As well as the learners at the school, the programme is assisting with the personal development of the coaching team themselves. Vince and Nceba recently attended a day of the Elite Sports Summit in Cape Town which featured high performance directors from the Great Britain Cycling team, Manchester City Academy, Blue Jays Baseball Academy in Canada, a sports psychologist from Australia, a 7s rugby coach who took Fiji to a gold medal in the Rio Olympics, Gary Kirsten and Jean de Villiers.

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The day gave the pair a broad and deep perspective of how the best in the world run sports performance coaching and disciplines.

The Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport visits Ukhanyo

Earlier this week Anroux Marais, the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, visited Ukhanyo Primary School  at the invitation of Vince van der Bijl the project leader of the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club. and the school principal, Michael Thayali.

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The Minister first attended the Traditional Dance group practice session. Milli Firth, Masicorp MD, then took the Minister to the specialist English Lab sponsored by Masicorp and discussed the NGO’s academic support programme of the school.

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The Minister was entertained by a netball practice and then a PE class conducted by Nceba Jonas. The cricket net practice was in full swing with over 50 cricketers – both boys and girls. Girls cricket has been recently introduced at the school for the first time and there was an array of coaches for the minisiter to meet – headed by sport coordinator Teddy Nyali.

The Minister concluded her visit with a meeting at the Masicorp offices to discuss the possible ways the Western Cape Government can assist the school and the project with its sport and cultural affairs agenda.

The Launch of the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club

It was quite a day on Tuesday as Ukhanyo Primary school opened its doors to its neighbours, local NGOs and international guests as the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club was formally launched. The launch event saw the official opening of three state of the art astro-turf cricket nets, funded by a generous donation of 50,000 pounds from the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in London. The facility forms part of Masicorp’s ongoing commitment to improve the sports facilities at the school, following the installation of the all-weather sprint track at the school last year.

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Masicorp is lucky to have Cape Town born, former Natal and Middlesex bowler Vince van der Bijl to lead the project. The project has received international attention thanks to Vince’s tireless efforts in recent months. Speaking on the day on behalf of the MCC, CEO Derek Brewer mentioned that at a committee meeting in Mumbai last year Vince managed to bring cricket in Masiphumelele onto the agenda of a meeting to discuss the future of test cricket. Derek is seen here accepting a gift on behalf of Ukhanyo School, and we cannot thank him enough for making himself available by flying into Cape Town for just two days to be part of this event.

 

The launch event was extremely well attended and despite the inclement weather there was no danger that rain would stop play for the excited learners. The first place most visitors wanted to see was the nets themselves, which were being used for the first time since their construction. We must also thank our courageous photographers for bringing us these action pictures by bravely positioning their expensive camera lenses directly in the line of fire. Clearly there are already some big-hitting youngsters benefitting from the new facility.

 

For a full overview of the learners in action you can view the footage shown by SABC news HERE.

MCC 750 launch 4The school also opened up its learning labs to the many visitors, with computing, English, science and maths classes all part of the open day. The full range of extramural activities were on display ranging from a game of netball to the school choir that welcomed delegates to their seats. The guests seemed to particularly enjoy the young praise singer who welcomed school principal Michael Thyali as he stood to thank the visitors and the MCC for their kind award. Derek Brewer was impressed enough to note that Michael’s colourful jacket even outshone the traditional MCC Lords jackets.

 

IMG_6608The school’s violinists closed the event, but for the project itself there is still a long way to go. Vince’s aim is to attract 750 members to the club who will donate R100-200 on a monthly basis to ensure the sustainability of the project, and the expansion to provide further equipment and facilities at the school. The long-term plan is to appoint a full-time sports administrator at the school and assistant coaches for the remarkable Nceba Jonas, who is currently the sole PE instructor delivering lessons to over 1,800 learners. With help from Fish Hoek cricket club the coaching of a girl’s team has begun and we hope that the school will soon be able to participate in inter school league competitions.

Please consider helping the project by joining the MCC Masi 750 Sports club. Donations can be made via the secure credit card facility on the Masicorp website.

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Photo credits: Stephen Cruickshank and Louise de Waal

Hiking with the Learners from Ukhanyo School

Masicorp has recently started working with Cape Town based Active Hearts to provide outdoor activities for the children at Ukhanyo Primary School. Active Hearts have a mission to involve and train children, from differing, disadvantaged areas across Cape Town, in various sports and activities not normally available to them.

This very much matches our awareness of the importance of physical education. As Active Hearts state on their own website:

The benefits of sport and activity are immense and far-reaching, giving confidence, teaching discipline, teamwork and a sense of security and belonging.   A ‘family;’ being part of something you can rely on; equipping the children to face the very real challenges in their lives with a renewed optimism.

Active Hearts have been providing monthly hikes for selected children from Ukhanyo School. School sports coach Nceba Jonas has brought groups of around 25 learners to meet with Active Hearts and together they have hiked through the local mountains and along the beautiful beach at Nordhoek. The day typically ends with a picnic on the beach. We are pleased to share some of the most recent photographs from this month’s hike.

This will be an on ongoing partnership, with the next event planned to take the learners over the mountain and into the slightly different environment of the Constantia Valley. Our thanks to the team at Active Hearts for enabling the Masiphumelele learners to experience the wonders of their local environment.

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Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) visit Ukhanyo School

We were delighted to recently welcome some of the local and international staff of the Reinsurance Group of America (RGA) to Ukhanyo School last week. RGA are an international global life and health reinsurance company with operations in 27 countries, including offices in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Their visit was part of their giving 67 minutes for Mandela Day, which is an annual event in South Africa. Nelson Mandela fought for social justice for 67 years and the concept of the day is for everyone (individuals and corporations) to give at least 67 minutes of their time to Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes.

Our visitors from RGA generously provided an incredible 1,830 pre-prepared packs of gifts for the children, which were distributed one to each child. Every child in each grade received a pack. Quite a logistical feat for the visitors, staff and Masicorp volunteers. Each pack contained learning materials, health products (e.g., toothpaste) and healthy food (oranges and apples), as well as a few sweets as a treat.

It was also an opportunity for the staff of RGA to meet our team and learn about our projects at the school. Everyone was able to see for themselves by visiting the Maths, English and Science Labs as well as the new running track that has now been installed at the school. The Maths Lab in particular has benefited from a kind donation from RGA and was one of the highlights of the tour. We are hugely grateful for the interest of RGA in our work and hope that this can be the start of a longer term relationship as we further develop the sports and teaching facilities at the school.

There was a lot of excitement among the pupils with their bags of goodies, but it was lovely to see them taking the time to thank the visitors personally. This included one of the pupils giving a hand written note of thanks to one of our visitors before they departed. Our team, the school staff and the learners all hope it will not be too long before the next visit.

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