Forget quotas in national teams, Connect is committed to sporting transformation where it’s needed most: at grassroots level.
Acknowledging there is no quick fix to achieve comprehensive transformation Connect is a truly hands-on initiative, working directly with disadvantaged communities to provide access to quality opportunities and resources, inside and outside sport.
Over 100 participants benefit every week from our coaches’ school and community training sessions in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, as well as tutoring sessions aimed at boosting their academics alongside sport.
From here there is a direct pathway to the high performance section of our academy, where are aim is to produce professional South African sportsmen and women.
This is achieved though dedicated training, nutritional support and placement in appropriate schools. We also make a constant effort to know each of our players and their families – allowing us to understand each individual’s circumstances and the challenges they face to succeed.
Those that earn their place in our high performance system benefit from our relationships with other academies and schools, giving them a consistent platform to make the most of their talent. Wherever they play, Connect will provide the support they need all the way.
This is an authentic attempt to not only create top sports players, but to provide a pathway for young coaches and administrators to develop, thrive and share their growing skills within the community they call home.