During the five-year implementation of the Sport Skills for Life Skills project, participants have demonstrated increased academic progress. Our participants aggregate pass rate was 20% better than the average pass rate for the entire University of the Western Cape (UWC) campus. Significantly, jobs were procured for senior students and all of our graduates have successfully applied for employment before graduation.
In the 2000/2001cricket season, the UWC cricket team was labouring at the bottom of the 1C League Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) and B Section (SASSU) tournament. After the program was implemented, they gained promotion to the 1B League (WPCA), and the A Section (SASSU) tournament. UWC are the only historically black institution that is participating in the A Section (SASSU) tournament. Furthermore, we have had two players selected for the WP A-squad; three players selected for the WP B-squad, and six players for the National SASSU A-side; four players for the National SASSU B-side; 13 Super Juice Academy players were produced and 1 national under 19 player.
Applications as far a field as Zimbabwe and Kenya have been received indicating that this program on the UWC campus is becoming the destination of choice for black cricketers on the African continent.
All program participants have successfully completed the UCBSA Level 2 Coaching Diploma, and several recipients have been employed part-time as primary school, secondary school or provincial school cricket coaches.
Informal discussions with participants have indicated an increased sense of emotional well-being and self-esteem, grounded in their positive experience of their academic and sporting growth. The addition of Prof. Paul Avis as the life skills coordinator, a former professional tennis player and a qualified clinical psychologist, is a significant acquisition for the program.