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2014 ANNUAL REPORT

Hundreds of learners from Alexandra township eagerly await their turn to get inside the mobile squash court and hit the ball for the first time in their lives. Egoli squash is a registered Public Benefit outreach programme of Central Gauteng Squash and uses the sport of squash to curb the vicious cycle of poverty and crime for disadvantaged youth aged 8-18 years from the communities of Alexandra, Soweto and the Inner-city.

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WHAT WE DO Egolisquash’s Action Priorities

Highlights of our Impacts

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Helped 3000 learners to start, stay and succeed in sport. Developed squash as a sporting code for 17 High Schools and 20 primary schools in three largely depressed areas: Soweto, Alexandra and Johannesburg Inner-city. Became an affiliated to the American based National Urban Squash Education Association (NUSEA) The programme has taken adults from the disadvantaged communities, given them different skills including squash, fitness and coaching so they are now able to earn a living from the structures.

Squash Development

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Our Homework Support and Help Me To Read programmes provide academic support and increase literacy among our children Two libraries were set up in two of our centers, in the innercity and Soweto. Through technical assistance from Boston College, an online learning system (colcampus) has been set up for our Grade 912 players

Academic Enrichment

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30 players are enrolled in the National Presidential Award programme. All our players benefit from our Life skills workshops and forums hosted in partnership with Wits Reproductive Health and HIV, SANCA, Hillbrow Health Precinct, Sakha Ingomso. We strive to motivate our young people to become involved in a balanced programme of voluntary self-development community activities through shelters such as Johannesburg Childrens Home, Twilight Children’s Home, Jabulani Khakibos Shelter

Life Skills Education & Youth Leadership

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 30 players benefit from the High Performance Programme which nurtures them into elite athletes in the country. 20 Colts players ranked in the top 10 in their different age group in Central Gauteng 21 Colts players qualified for the 2014 Inter-Provincial teams

Colts Future Champions

…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 20 Soweto township women participated in the Squash Organizer course About 50 female learners participate in the Girls training sessions and workshops 3 female players have been selected into the High Performance programme

Amaqhawekazi Women In Sport

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OUR INSPIRATION

“The sheer delight that we see in our children’s faces drives us to continue expanding our programmes”.


Egolisquash takes pride in bringing change and opportunity to thousands of children through sport, thanks to our loyal sponsors: The Development Coaches team: Glenn Lazarus CGS Executive, Programme director Dikana Mthombeni (Head Coach) Lawrence Dlamini (Inner-city Administrator/Co-ordinator) Sharon Sibanda (Project Co-ordinator) Nelly Mohaule James Letlake Jonathan Letlake Collen Vuma Isaac Matsupa Simpiwe Gqibani

The following institutions for allowing us to use their squash facilities for training and homework support programme: University of Johannesburg Southern Suburbs Recreational Center Wits University Squash Wanderers Squash Club Braamfontein Recreational Center Gazankulu Primary School (Soweto Squash Courts) Pimville Recreational Center (Soweto) Pace Colllege (Soweto) Pirates Sports Club(Greenside) Parkview Squash Centre The following sponsors and organizations: National Lottery Distribution Fund Murray & Roberts (Jack Cheetam Awards) Maureen Kark & Associates SuperSports Lets Play South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement Mining Concept Growth Point Properties Sports and Recreation Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Central Gauteng Squash Jesters The CGS Executive Committee The CGS Junior Schools management and support team Squash Community and Clubs Kemtek Dunlop/Hi-tec/Wilson /ProKennex/Prosupex Fitness Institute of Professionals Our International Friends: National Urban Squash Education Association Fernando Molina from Argentina Riley Waterous Tim Wyant Israel Junior Squash Governing Sports Board for their guidance and giving us an operational framework: Central Gauteng Squash Squash SA Gauteng Sports Council Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation


MESSAGE FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR To Our Contributors, Colleagues and Friends, Volunteers and participants. This year’s report shows again the great diversity of Egoli squash’s work across the 12 centers in which we work. We continue to be inspired by our founding values of transforming thousands of ordinary, disadvantaged, inner-city, Alexandra and Soweto township youths’ lives into success stories through squash. The year 2014 was a year of many achievements, large and small, for the 3000 children benefiting from Egolis squash’s programs. We credit these many successes to our generous partners and supporters who help children lead healthier lifstyles, improve their academics and become better prepared to realize their dreams through sport. Our thanks go to each one of you who feel passionate about the ability of sports to change lives for the better. Our young people of Egoli squash have achieved great results on the squash court with a number of individuals ranked number one in their age groups in South Africa and many in our province. Based on these achievemnst eight participants have been awarded bursaries at great schools and a number of our matric graduates were able to enter university and some received bursaries for their studies. We have joined the My School/My Village fundraising campaign for business and private donors to assist us in raising funds and ensure the continuity of the programme. During 2014 we opened our online store where our supporters can purchase equipment and help expand Egoli squash’s efforts in assisting youth to break away from the cycle of poverty and build a better future for their communities and families. We have a long way to go to change the social ills that youths experience within their communities. But we know we can do it, because so many of you are working with us! Your steadfast commitment to the lives of children inspires us to pursue even greater achievements in 2015. We look forward to our continued partnership. Your support has brought new opportunities and new hope to children who had little. Whether you choose to engage, donate or take action or all, we are grateful for your help in welcoming a new generation of great citizins, equipped with a good education and a healthy lifestyle. To our youth in the Johannesburg inner-city, Soweto and Alex areas, whom we have been serving and partnering with over the last few years, you give us the inspiration and motivation to carry on. It is also through you that we have grown as an organization and as individuals. Many thanks to all our coaches and volunteers who give of their time to our youth. Glenn Lazarus Egoli squash Program Director /CGS Executive Member


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The era of apartheid in South Africa may have been transformed but its effects linger on especially in the inner-city of Johannesburg, Soweto and Alexandra communities where infrastructure is poor and many residents live in densely populated areas, amid high levels of poverty, crime, HIV/AIDS and unemployment. Significant proportions of learners from these communities are still not receiving the benefits of physical and sporting development due to limited sport and recreation facilities. However, through its Squash Mass Participation programme in schools, Egolisquash has made transformation possible. Throughout 2014, Egolisquash involved its players in squash training, competitive leagues and tournaments and achieved the following: 

A total of 98 beginners and intermediate players from Edmund Rice School in Free State, ‘Helpmekaar, Marist Brothers, Vuleka School and different Johannesburg inner-city schools participated in the Egolisquash Bronze Tournament held at Wits Squash center. Through the mobile squash court, the Egolisquash programme was able to deliver groundbreaking projects which were aimed at delivering a lasting grassroots sporting legacy and increasing sustainable mass participation. Egolisquash worked tirelessly with the School Governing Boards (SGBs) and Sports Coordinators from the Inner-city, Soweto and Alex areas and managed to develop the sport of squash as a sporting code for 17 High Schools and 21 Primary schools from these areas. We managed to engage learners to play competitive squash in our 3rd Annual Egolisquash Inner-city schools D-11 Cluster League Our local tournaments such as the Heritage Day, Youth Day and Inner-city vs. Soweto ensured that the learners have more game time and further develop their level of play.

Mr J.J. Ncube, the Chairman for the D-11 Inner-city Schools Cluster was awarded the 2014 Central Gauteng Squash Committee Award for Development.


AMAQHAWEKAZI WOMEN IN SPORTS: New opportunities for female participation in sport

AMAQHAWEKAZI WOMEN IN SPORTS

Women’s sports in South Africa have come a long way in the last half century. But they are still nowhere near on par with men’s sports, in terms of participation or depth of field and women still continue to be spectators as men thrive in the sporting arena. A majority of women in disadvantaged communities are still confined within the domestic sphere and shut out of the sporting landscape due to societal expectations of the space they should occupy. However, the Egolisquash programme has recognized the energy and potential of women, and felt compelled to offer them opportunities to participate in sports and reverse these stereotypes.


Existing social constructs of masculinity and femininity — or socially accepted ways of expressing what it means to be a man or woman in a particular socio-cultural context — continue to play a key role in determining access, levels of participation, and benefits from sport. Many stereotypes and expectations have psychosocial effects on women from the very day they are born: what they wear, how they play, how adults interact with them. There is little value that is placed on sport activities for girls by their families, by girls themselves, by their communities and as a result their sporting potential is stifled and goes undiscovered. Females are often afforded only a little, if any, leisure/sports time after their daily chores and caretaking responsibilities are over. Adolescent girls in the Inner-city, Sowetos and Alex disadvantaged communities play pivotal - but often overlooked - roles in their families and communities. Each day they have to attend school and perform heavy household chores -they cook, clean, and care for children and the elderly after school, which frees up time for other family members to work and earn money. But providing these services comes at huge cost to the girls themselves - and to their families and eventually to future generations - because denying opportunities to girls prevents them from reaching their full potential. Leveling the sporting field and creating new opportunities for female participation in sports


Through the engagement of female professional players such as Siyoli Waters, Lesley Cowan, Metja Mohohlo and others; local Inner-city, Soweto and Alex Sports Coordinators, sports nutritionists, University of Johannesburg Sports Science Institute and other stakeholders; this program has made a significant impact on girls’ physical activity levels as well as their perception of physical activity and sport. Since its establishment; 

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About forty female Soweto township women participated in the Squash Organizer course held in Gazankulu About fifty female learners participate in the Girls training sessions and workshops Three female players have been selected into the High Performance programme Two female players qualified in the 2014 Interprovincial Tournament

Given the opportunity and chance, women can play sport and achieve greater heights in life through participation.


LIFE SKILLS & YOUTH LEADERSHIP


HIV/AIDS in South Africa: Young People in Danger The spread of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa continues largely unabated and South Africa continues to be at the epicenter of the global HIV pandemic. Recent statistics from the Human Sciences Research Council indicate that South Africa currently has the largest number of people infected with HIV worldwide - it now stands at 6.4-million in a population of 53 million people. Yet despite these alarming figures, significant proportions of South African youth continue to initiate sexual activity at a younger age and engage in sexual practices that place them at risk for HIV infection. For communities like Hillbrow, Berea, Yeoville

which are mired in poverty; youths often engage in transactional or age-disparate relationships to gain gifts, money or other favors which places them at high risk of indulging in unprotected sex thus contracting HIV. Most young people from these communities are more vulnerable due to limited comprehensive HIV prevention information, are not equipped with life skills and do not utilize HIV high impact prevention services such as condoms, male circumcision, HIV testing and treatment. Furthermore, drug and substance use and low risk perception of HIV amongst youth continue to exacerbate the spread of AIDS amongst youth in these communities.

While the reported number of young people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa is rapidly increasing, a good opportunity still exists to prevent the epidemic by using the sport of squash to impart life skills to assist adolescents and young people to navigate, positively adapt to and deal with the demands and challenges of the sometimes difficult transition to adulthood. During 2014, Egolisquash partnered with organizations such as Hillbrow Health Precinct Youth Friendly clinic, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Sakha Ingomso and local clinics in the Inner-city of Johannesburg and Soweto to help create a friendly and safe environment in which youths were able to share their feelings and beliefs about HIV/AIDS, increase their knowledge, and develop healthy attitudes and behaviours concerning HIV/AIDS

Hillbrow Health Precinct Mobile Youth Friendly HIV/AIDS testing unit at the Egolisquash Teen Life Choices workshop


COLTS FUTURE CHAMPIONS PROGRAMME

Developing Tomorrow’s Champions from disadvantaged communities Despite the country’s sporting prowess, much of the sporting talent in South Africa goes undiscovered because it is hidden away in underdeveloped Inner-city, Soweto and Alex areas. Many youths’ lives from these communities are mired in poverty, most family units are being broken down, households are struggling with high unemployment rates, and youth are exposed to environments with crime and violence nearly every day of their lives. Thus, without sports opportunities to develop their talent and to be discovered, the journey from grassroots to glory is unlikely to happen for many talented young girls and boys in these underdeveloped communities. However, through the Egolisquash High Performance

programme, major strides have been made to help youth to reach their true sporting potential and reach significant heights in life through squash. The Egolisquash’s High Performance Program is a three-tier system engineered to identify, develop and foster the skills of young athletes who aspire to compete at provincial and national levels of squash. The levels are Colts Feeder, Colts Future Champions and the Central Gauteng Squash High Performance. The Colts Feeder level is the entry-level tier of the High Performance Program, focusing on the identification, support and development of athletes aged 10-19 years old.


The focus of the programme is to identify and develop young sports talent amongst disadvantaged Inner-city, Soweto and Alex youths and nurture it towards excellence through training camps, workshops and clinics to provide them with top-level coaching, structured support, nutritional lifestyle to nurture and develop these players into elite athletes.

Our Colts have had a great year in 2014 and some of the highlights of their achievements are:    

Twenty-one of our players were selected to go the SA Schools Interprovincial tournament 2014 23 players ranked in the top 10 in their different age group in Central Gauteng Eight players on squash school bursaries The success of every athlete enrolled in the program is due to the highly effective systems that have been put into place over the two years. These include weekly scheduled High Performance sessions; performance nutrition education and other structures that ensure that best results are obtained from each individual player.


STORIES OF LIVES CHANGED: Creating real and lasting change Despite facing significant challenges in life, Ray has shown a clear moral standard that nothing can let him down. Ray is 18 years old and currently doing his matric. He joined Egolisquash in 2011 and was awarded the 2014 Central Gauteng Squash Junior Player of the year. He has managed to qualify for the Central Gauteng Inter-Provincial Teams for two consecutive years. He also received an academic bursary from the Theo Jackson Fund at the Jeppe Boys School. Recently he was offered a squash bursary to further his studies at the University of Johannesburg. However, life for Ray was very different before joining the Egolisquash programme. This is his story.

“ I grew up in the rural areas in Kwazulu Natal living with my grandmother. Living without my Dad was tough and I used to harbour a lot of anger due to his absence in my life. However, my grandmother was my pillar of strength. When my grandmother passed away in 2005 due to cancer; my world was shattered. I moved to the inner-city of Johannesburg to live with my uncle and I enrolled at New Model College. When the Egolisquash programme was introduced to my school, my life changed completely – I found a place I could call home and my life will never be the same again.”


Education Access, Beating Poverty and Unlocking Prosperity

“Through the Egolisquash programme I have learnt that, although life is full of difficult and painful obstacles, there are ways to move forward and see a brighter future.” Despite the many tragedies Request, 18, has already known in his life, he is a very determined young man, with a vision for his future. Both Request’s parents passed away when he was just 10 years old. Thankfully, Request was taken in by his uncle who lives in Hillbrow in the inner-city of Johannesburg and has four children. Through the Egolisquash programme, Request has been given a bursary to attend Parktown Boys, an excellent school in Johannesburg. For the past few years, the Egolisquash Homework Support and Bursary programmes have continued to create opportunities for the less privileged learners like Request, to realize their potential through education. For most of our players, access to education is difficult due to family financial constraints, large families per household and parents who struggle to survive by doing odd jobs. Most of the family incomes are oriented to first needs such as food and shelter; and in most cases cannot afford the high cost of school fees and school materials, such as exercise books and texts. Working with Parktown Boys’ High School, King Edward School and Jeppe Boys’ High School, (elite schools in Johannesburg) we have made it possible for eight of our disadvantaged development players to realize their dreams through education by providing them with academic bursaries.


Capacity Building: Strengthening local capacities in sports coaching Squash Not Just A Sport: A Career Too: Lawrence Dlamini’s Story.

Lawrence Dlamini, one of our Innercity Coaches was awarded the 2014 Squash SA Mass participation Coach of the Year Award

“Its now almost five years since I started working as a squash coach in the inner-city of Johannesburg and I can honestly say it has been one of the best things I have ever done in my life! Squash has given me a platform to make a difference amongst the Hillbrow, Berea and Yeoville youths who are exposed to an environment with crime, violence, drugs nearly everyday of their lives. Not only have I coached my players but overtime I have seen that they look up to me as their mentor. The numerous courses that I have completed have given me great insight on how to guide the youths to succeed in sport and be responsible South African citizens. Some of the courses that I have done include; Exercise Science for Coaches, Fitness Trainer, Squash Level and whole lot others. I have reached significant heights in my life as an individual through the opportunities that squash has made possible for me.� Egolisquash focuses on enabling teachers, sports coordinators and coaches from the Inner-city, Soweto and Alex communities to develop skills and competencies so that there is the ability, competence and manpower to both manage the training sessions, run the programme with minimal external input in the future and earn a living from these structures. Our capacity building policies ensure that disadvantaged community members involved in our programme are more cohesive, more resilient and better placed to confront economic and social challenges.


OUR DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS The Egolisquash programme uses sport as a medium for increased networking and cooperation with local and international players, coaches and clubs. Here are just a few of the many new bonds forged during 2014:

U19 Israel Junior team visits our squash center in Soweto

Junior Team from Philadephia visit on Egolisquash Youth day celebrations

Our Colts players at the St. Stithians Squash Festival The South African Parliamentary Legislature Squash Club played against Egolisquash Emerging Colts players


There is still work to be done as we work towards achieving our strategic priorities to bring about the desired change in the growth and development of our youth through sport. Significant opportunities exist within the sport and the Egolisquash team is excited to pursue those opportunities.


CONCLUSION In the words of the late Nelson Mandela, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else can. Sports can awaken hope where there was previously only despair.� This programme is a living example of the statement by one of our greatest statesmen and we are truly inspired by it. We hope to inspire many more people to use sport as medium for social change.

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2014 Egolisquash Annual Report  
2014 Egolisquash Annual Report  
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