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AMAQHAWEKAZI WOMEN IN SPORT PROJECT

In spite of the restructuring of sport in the new South Africa, a majority of women are still confined within the domestic sphere and shut out of the sporting landscape due to societal expectations of the space they should occupy.

Women are often afforded only a little, if any, leisure/sports time after their daily chores and caretaking responsibilities are over. Transformation: Levelling the sports field and creating new opportunities for women in squash

Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),


Through support from the Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation; the Egolisquash programme recognized the energy and potential of local female Johannesburg inner-city Sports Coordinators and parents, and felt compelled to offer them opportunities to be trained in their Coach the Coach squash course. Therefore, in order to accommodate those women who care for their children at home; the project ensured that they could bring them along to participate in the children’s squash programme. The Amaqhawekazi Women in Sport project was held at UJ Doornfontein Squash courts on the 30th of May 2015 and a total of 57 people attended- 34 female Sports Coordinators and parents, 19 children, 4 Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute facilitators. Health Promotion and Awareness on Chronic disease: Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute Due to economic and cultural challenges - as well as lack of access to quality health services - women often ‘tend to take care of family first’ and go without essential preventive care. Egolisquash partnered with the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute who provided a mobile clinic with a safe, supportive setting in Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),


which to learn about their health and receive health screenings. Four WRHI team members set up the mobile clinic where women came to be screened for risk factors of lifestyle diseases like diabetes, heart disease HIV, and high cholesterol. Participants’ weight, body mass index, blood pressure, glucose levels were screened to assess their risk levels.

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute: Health promotion plays a pivotal role in women’s sports programmes Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),


Coach the Coach Squash Training Course The women had an opportunity to participate in a basic squash course which focused on building basic skills in squash coaching and leading the delivery of sports education. Through demonstrations by the Facilitator, practical sessions oncourt and peer group evaluations, the women were taught the fundamental technical aspects of the game of squash at a basic level. These covered:  Introduction to the sport  Fitness training  Racket skills  Hand and Eye coordination drills  Stroke Development  Footwork and Court Movement  Developing Basic Perceptual Motor Skills  Understanding Safe Coaching Practices and Injury Management and Prevention  Designing and Implementing a Practical Coaching Session  Roles and Responsibilities of Coach The educators and parents were given course manuals and hand-outs during the course. Achievements: Creating a Culture of Sport amongst women In our current climate of increased concern for women’s health, obesity and the

economic, physical and mental health cost of inactivity, the project was able to foster an environment that encourages positive health behaviours and introduced Johannesburg inner-city community women to the love of physical activity and sport. It is forecast that the continuity of such structured sport programmes for women can also be a powerful health information and education platform, connecting township women with the information, skills and strategies they need to reduce health risks such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and other life threatening diseases. The Coach the Coach Course has served a much needed purpose in providing skills development opportunities for women and it is forecast that that they will be key agents in developing squash skills, encourage greater participation in the sport of squash among youth in the Inner-city. The Coach the Coach course is recognized by Central Gauteng Squash as the initial squash coaching course which covers basic strokes and group organization. It is envisaged that the continuity of this Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),


project will ensure that the women progress further in receiving on-going structured education in Squash Organizer, Marking and Refereeing courses, Level 1 and Level 2 courses. In summary, the project was a great success and it is therefore vital that as many women as possible have access to the squash centre, and to facilitate this, training sessions have to be held several times a week. Please find attached, pictures, list of the participants who participated and financial claim forms. Report Compiled By

Sharon Sibanda Egolisquash Coordinator 011 886 1740 sharon@gautengsquash.co.za Website: www.egolisquash.co.za www.facebook.com/egolisquash

Glenn Lazarus Program Director

Committee Barry Hendricks (Chairman), Jamie Fortune (Vice-Chairman & League), Roland Skinner (Treasurer), Cecile Van Rie (Marking & Refereeing), Mike Tootill (Jarvis / Kaplan), Glenn Lazarus (Mass Participation), Angelique Clifton-Parks (Tournaments), Graham Prior (High Performance), Irene Maxton (Schools), Paul Vermaak (Club Development), Jeannie Holden (Administrator), Sharon Sibanda (Programme co-ordination),

Egolisquash Amaqhawekazi Women in Sports project report  
Egolisquash Amaqhawekazi Women in Sports project report  
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