School holidays can be a difficult time for the children in the communities, their parents and guardians are at work the whole day, and they are left to entertain themselves with little means.

With this is mind the Sporting Chance Development Foundation aims to run sports coaching clinics to keep the children occupied, away from social evils, and to continue to achieve their mission of promoting physical activity and giving children a ‘Sporting Chance’.

This week the Sporting Chance team joined experienced coaches from the Khayelitsha community to host a multi sport holiday coaching clinic for over 150 participants from the surrounding schools. Boys and girls aged 8 – 14 years were eager to be a part of the action and the clinic was oversubscribed with children participating in soccer, netball and rugby.

Sports skills was not the only focus of the clinics as life skills specifically sports etiquette and taking responsibility were emphasised by the coaching staff. Registration was efficient and those that were not there on day one could unfortunately not participate for the rest of the week unless they had a feasible excuse. The idea behind this lesson is that one’s commitment must be evident from the beginning and those children that followed the instructions were those that were rewarded. It’s a difficult lesson to learn, but one that has seen results as Sporting Chance’s prides itself on structure and discipline.

The weekly programme included new skills, innovative coaching drills and fun games and the team of coaches and children worked hard throughout the week. The programme ended off with mini tournaments within the respective sports codes today and each participant was then rewarded with an energy drink, hotdog and a Sporting Chance prize.

Thanks to our Sporting Chance sponsors Flip File, Sportsmans Warehouse, GM, Second Skins, BIC and SuperSport Let’s Play for their support of Sporting Chance, which allowed us to give all participants a t-shirt and a prize.

Special appreciation to the Solstice Foundation for their investment into the Sporting Chance Development Foundation, which made this coaching clinic possible and we look forward to future programmes.