Making headlines


Since first starting the academy in 2014, Connect has been featured widely in the press. You’ll find a collection of some of our press appearences here.

ENCA: Rugby academy pledges transformation at grassroots level. Watch the insert here.

BBC: The changing face of South African rugby. Click here to watch.

The Guardian and The Daily Maverick: Khayelitsha academy leads the fight against grassroots development

NEWS24: Khayelitsha kids encouraged to hit ruck while dreaming big. Read the article here.

BREAKFAST TV: CONNECT ON Expresso and Dagbreek

South African breakfast shows. KYKNet’s Dagbreek (click to watch) and SABC’s Expresso (click to watch).

SABC News: Murray Ingram on Sports Live

Director Murray Ingram was on SABC news to talk about our programme and transformation in South African sports. Watch the video here.

GROUND UP: New found passion for touch rugby in Khayelitsha

Khayelitsha learners braved the rainy weather to put in two hours of practice for their new found passion for touch rugby. For these primary and high school learners, bad weather is the least of their problems when it comes to playing sports. Read the article here.

DAILY MAVERICK:  Meet the two men making a difference in Khayelitsha’s rugby development

This was the article that spurred Antoinette on to start volunteering with Connect. She wrote this article about for The Daily Maverick in 2014. It was also reprinted in the City Press. You can read the article here.

Street talk: Khayelitsha Boxing Academy

An inspirational story about Jinja from Khayelitsha, who trains young boys in boxing, taking them off the streets and away from gangs and falling into crime, creating a life for them with vision, going an extra mile to ensure them a safe and better future. Watch the video here.

The Boxers on ENCA:  Social media eases boxers financial woes

As you know by now, funding for our athletes is a key part of what we do. We fund raise extensively to make sure our athletes can make their dreams come true. In February of 2015, our boxers had to travel to nationals in Pretoria to try and make it to the SA team. They were denied funding by government and social media came to their rescue. This is the story that was broadcast on ENCA.

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