Congratulations to Lukhanyo ‘Boepa’ Vokozela and Lamla Nunu, two of our longest-serving athletes, who have made their senior school rugby debuts.
Our front row duo represented the Rondebosch Boys’ High School first XV against Boland Landbou under the lights at Newlands in Cape Town on Tuesday as part of the annual Schools’ Festival.
Boepa and Lamla have developed as rugby players and as people with Connect Sports Academy since joining our open training sessions in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, in 2015.
From having never played competitive rugby at that point, we’ve come a long way together – and we’re looking forward to what we can achieve together in future, on and off the field.
Both remain members of Connect as we continue to support them on their journey towards adulthood, as with our other athletes.
From grassroots to the national rugby stage
The pair started life at Rondebosch in January 2018, with hooker Boepa going on to represent Western Province at Grant Khomo Week in Kimberley, with Lamla reaching the final round of selection.
Their progress from grassroots to this stage of their development has mirrored that of our academy.
We are committed to working holistically and individually with athletes from disadvantaged areas, giving them the best possible access to resources and opportunities that we can to help them fulfill their sporting and personal potential.
Scholarships at leading rugby schools are just one way of helping this development, with many of our young athletes still attending schools in their home communities.
We have also begun our first post-school apprentice programme at our training base, Burgundy High Performance Centre in Cape Town.
There our athletes continue to target a place in professional sport, while developing as rounded, employable young adults in the wider world.
Will you support our athletes?
These landmarks wouldn’t be possible without the support of local people and businesses.
Our first athlete to play rugby at senior national level, Sesethu Mtshazi, is supported by leading PR company Irvine Partners.
We’d love for you or your business to donate to help us nurture the future of South African sport. Connect is a registered non-profit company and can issue a Section 18(A) certificate for South African donations.
Make a direct donation to support the work that we do with young people.