On Wednesday, February 22nd, PPI-SA was proud to be a part of the Spur Soccer Challenge held at King Zwelethini Stadium located in Umlazi. As a mini technical assistance project, PPI-SA was asked to run the life skills component of the camp for over 400 primary school students in the area by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. The mission of the camp was to develop soccer skills, and also to deliver an innovative life skills program created by Gill Taylor, The Training and Development Manager at Cape Town’s Sports Science Institute. 10 PPI-SA staff members were trained to use specific teambuilding activities to create a platform to discuss important values such as trust, enthusiasm, ambition, and motivation.
Participants had the chance to participate in soccer drills and games, which alternated with the life skills sessions run by our enthusiastic and energetic PeacePlayers -SA staff!
Present at the camp was Desiree Ellis, who played for the South African women’s national soccer team, Banyana Banyana. She received a Silver Presidential Sports award for her efforts in raising the profile of women’s football in South Africa. She was a great role model for the students to look up to!
The initial launch of the camp was a great success. Even better, is that Spur is giving the students the opportunity to continue to play! They have set up a league where schools will play one another in competitive games. This will ensure they will continue to develop their skills. PPI-SA is proud to have been chosen to help with this wonderful event. Thanks to Spur and everyone involved for a great day!