VOL 89

Inside this Edition:
  1. Secretariat News
  2. Member News
  3. Featured Member
  4. Opportunities
SSCN Registration Details:
Company Name – Sport for Social Change Network (SSCN) Southern Africa NPC
Company number – 2012/159379/08
Registered date – 03/09/2012

SSCN Woman empowerment dialogue

As part of the sustainable development goal five “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” (SDG 5), The Sport For Social Change Network (SSCN) team has embarked on introducing a women empowerment dialogue engagement  with women and young ladies in selected safe homes and areas.

The women empowerment dialogues are  created with the idea in mind to able to engage with women and young ladies on their personal or community experience when it comes to gender based violence and sexual harassment or abuse. These conversation had in what we call a safe space would hopefully bring light to a desperate need of possibly using sports as a tool of intervention and support for the women. During the women empowerment dialogue sessions we include an element where one of our members (Never Tap Out) assists us with basic Self-Defence techniques where the women get the opportunity to have fun while learning possible life saving defense techniques. 

The first dialogue took place at the Nyara village just outside east London with roughly 100 young girls and women present. Part of the discussions had with the ladies were to name challenges that they face within their communities and the top responses from the audience were Rape, Substance abuse and Right to play.

The SSCN women empowerment chain continued in Gauteng where we visited a safe home where a family of women got to share their experiences on human trafficking, substance abuse and abuse. Future dialogues that are yet to be held by the SSCN will be on the 25th and 26th of May. The women are not seen as victims rather as victors of abuse.


Sporting Chance launches a new Sports programme in Motherwell

Sporting Chance Foundation community programmes expanded during the end of April school holidays and they launched their new sports programme in Motherwell, Eastern Cape, in partnership with Motherwell Shopping Centre. Their Community Programmes create much needed employment for skilled coaches from within these communities and creates the platform for hundreds of children to play sport in a structured and well organised environment whilst keeping them away from social evils. Each community programme includes; Employment of a coaching co-ordinator from within the community; Weekly sport sessions conducted by the coaching co-ordinator at a centralised venue or selected school/s within the community; Holiday coaching clinics hosted during each school holiday involving over 150 children and contractually employing coaches from within the community.

Each holiday coaching clinic includes a life skills component and concludes with a mini tournament held at the host shopping centre in the community. Due to the impact of Covid19 the launch was limited to 45 participants with Netball and Soccer taking place for both girls and boys between the ages of 9 – 13yrs old. Sporting Chance provides training for the co-ordinator and coaches as well as logistical and structural support, however the programme is driven by the community themselves creating much needed empowerment and opportunity.

Their Community programme currently now operates in partnership with the Motherwell Shopping Centre in Motherwell, Eastern Cape as well as existing Bridge City Shopping Centre in Kwa Mashu, KZN; Kuyasa Centre in Mdanstane, Eastern Cape; Moutse Mall in Dennilton, Limpopo and Diepsloot Mall in Diepsloot, Gauteng.

Zam City Academy (ZCA) Good deeds girls soccer tournament  
Zam City Academy organization uses the power of Sport as a primary intervention to mobilize   people in their communities because Sport moves swiftly through all differences, tribe, race, religion, age, gender and status. In line with their Child protection policy and strategic plan, ZCA Organization comes in to address the many challenges affecting young people in the Communities through sensitization messages during soccer matches and other capacity building programs through Coaching and peer education programs.

Through the Sports for Social Change Network-SSCN assistance and support of soccer balls donations towards their one day girls’ soccer tournament. During the 2021 Good Deeds Day of volunteering whose mission is to unite people from around the world by doing good deeds to others the ZCA organized two events.

The first event was general cleaning at the Zambezi District Hospital Children’s Ward, where the Organization donated a full television set which was meant to work as deviational therapy to patients, donated 5 bags of mealie meal to out-patients at the same Hospital and further donated a soccer Ball and one bag of mealie meal to Zambezi District Prisons. During the event, 300+ youths gathered to witness the event where 10 community girls’ teams participated and each team benefited from the soccer balls as a move to promote and empower girl’s teams in the community. During the event, the Guest of honour Madam Jean Samudata the Atlas Mara Zambezi Branch Manager who also donated 2 soccer balls to the event encouraged all girls to work hard in School and get involved in active sport.

Greater Purpose – In the Manenberg community 

The establishment of the Young Tornado Warriors Football Club and Greater Purpose outreach charity organisation, the goal of the organisation’s founder;  Friedl Gertse, was to provide the youth with more options other than what Manenberg and the surrounds offered them. Young children are easy prey for gangs and the crimes that have become prevalent in the community over the last few years. Sports and initiatives aimed at community-building have proven to be quite successful in getting our kids off the street and mobilizing the community in a way that leads to a positive impact in this crime-infested district of Cape Town.

Sponsor donation through Hollywoodbets for 55 boots, 55 shin guards, a few goalkeeper gloves and a large kit bag to the value of R20 000.The donation impacted the lives of 55 hopeful soccer players. They are currently registering an Under 14, 16 and a senior team for the new season and aiming to register to further register an under 10 and 12 team next season. Our focus in the near future is to form a women’s team because currently there is 1 girl who is playing for the team. The team is currently looking for sponsors/funders or to partner with organisations through Greater Purpose Outreach in the Manenberg community to assist with sports development and education. If anyone is interested to get involved please email Friedl Gertse (Founder of Greater Purpose Outreach) on


Nyara Youth Development launches in the  Nayra village 

Robyn Mafanya who is the founder of the Nyara Youth development decided to go back home to her childhood home In the village of Nyara saddened by realizing that there has not been much of development / growth within the community and desperate  need of positive youth engagements and support  she then decided to birth Nyara Youth development.

 Nyara youth development hosted a 3 day event from 30 April - 2 May to launch the organization to the village and surrounding areas around nyara. The three days included a women empowerment dialogue; food distribution; coaching clinic and; soccer and netball tournament for the youth.

During the women empowerment there were two guest speakers, Jade Crocker (Psychologist) and Kanyisa Xashimba (Social Worker) who addressed the audience about self-esteem, women empowerment and self-worth. The sports for social change network assisted with the food distribution by contributing 50 food parcels to families in the community. These food parcels reached mouths of 176 individuals.  The sports clinics for netball and soccer included basics skills; coaching methods; safe guarding and life skills. There were 24 coaches in total participating. All these coaches operate on a volunteer capacity within their villages as the schools in the area don’t offer sports facilitation.

The soccer and netball tournaments were spread over a period of 2 days where a total of 12 teams participated in the tournament (6 soccer and 6 netball).  The tournament had an estimate of 200+ participants. The winning teams were both from a village called Soto. The event was graced by the attendance and of the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture with their attendance and help in umpiring the netball matches. The District Municipality Mayor and his Councilwomen also attended the event and showed their support. Lastly, the Chamber of Commerce also graced us with their support and attendance. It was the first time after a long time for the Nyara community to host such an event and this then brought hope to the community members at large that they are not forgotten.




Sport for Sustainable Development Webinar (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Americas)

sportanddev, the Australian Government and Commonwealth Secretariat invite you to an interactive webinar to learn about and discuss our global online course Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing effective policies and programmes.

The course has been updated following feedback from the first run (July-December 2020) and was re-launched on 10 May 2021. Already over 1,000 learners have joined the second run from over 100 countries - join our webinar to hear more about the course.
When: 27 May, 3:00-4:30 pm (GMT+2)

Hear from athletes, students, practitioners, academics and government officials who will share their experiences of the course and highlight enhancements made for the second run.


  • Ben Sanders, International Platform on Sport and Development
  • Marisa Schlenker, Yunus Sports Hub
  • Dr. Oscar Mwaanga, University of London
  • Game Mothibi, International Working Group on Women and Sport
  • Julia Tappendorf, ITTF Foundation
  • Maureen Rosita Ojong Ebob-Besong, Youth Leader
  • Additional speakers TBC

Clink on the link below to register for the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas webinar:


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