The 29 PeacePlayers – South Africa teams that will participate in the 2014 Primary School Programme (PSP) began to take shape this past week, and the four teams set to re-launch the Leadership Development Programme (LDP) for high school players are ready to take to the court beginning this weekend.
Coaches and office staff have been busy conducting tryouts for 6th and 7th grade boys and girls at 15 primary schools around the Durban area, including five in the city, four in Umlazi, three in Wentworth, two in Lamontville, and one in Waterloo. Interest in the programme is very high, with some schools having over 100 kids trying out for just 24 spots (12 boys, 12 girls). There are many familiar faces, but also a huge number of new participants looking to replace last year’s 7th graders who have moved on to high school this year.
Our Primary School Programme focuses on basketball fundamentals while promoting character-building traits such as self-confidence, self-discipline, and goal-setting. We hope that all of our PSP participants finish the year better equipped to make positive decisions in their lives, which isn’t always easy in their home communities that are often filled with obstacles, dangers, and bad influences.
While tryouts are being conducted in the primary schools, our office staff has also been at high schools in the townships of Umlazi and Lamontville to recruit kids for our Leadership Development Programme. There will be a boys and a girls team in each township, and the first round of tryouts have been set for this weekend. We challenge our LDP participants to not only make positive decisions in their own lives, but to become a positive influence on others in their community as well. Many of our best coaches over the years have been products of the LDP programme, and we are excited to have it back up and running this year.
Check back here on Tuesdays for updates on both programmes throughout the year.