You are welcome to get in touch with our staff members who are more than willing to give you any information with regards to the program or any cricket related information.
Adv. Nick Kock
We assess the appropriate academic route after consultation with the candidate and the family, as well as taking into consideration the applicant's school results, specific interests and the economic viability of the intended course. In this way, we provide career guidance and we hope to achieve maximum economic impact for both the candidate and society.
The candidate will be assigned to a mentor whom will monitor his/her progress throughout the academic career. Strategic interventions will ensure that any stumbling blocks that might affect a candidate and a successful outcome are addressed.
We strive to assist candidates by providing financial assistance through a scholarship but also encourage them to build a career while doing what they love best, i.e. play their liking of sport. Thus it is important for the candidate or scholarship holder to find a balance between their sport and their academic field of study.
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.
It is envisaged that our achievements would serve as a catalyst for further investment in the infrastructural development of sport on the UWC campus. This can take the form of a medium-term goal such as the erection of a multi-purpose, low cost, West Indian style cricket stadium or the building of sightscreens for the main oval.
The broadening of the Prof. Johann Graaff scholarship structure will allow for increased participation in the program, with successful candidates providing a substantial two-fold spin-off for the private sector. Firstly, a candidate could be employed at the sponsoring company with an already established relationship spanning a minimum of three years. Secondly, if the candidate achieves national colours in any particular sport, the return on social investment and publicity for the company is profound.
The expansion of our program also creates pressure on the organisational infrastructure of the project. Hence the proliferation of our staff contingent, service providers and office equipment will have to be given attention in the short/medium term.
We are of the belief that the Sport Skills for Life Skills program can be beneficially duplicated within other codes on our campus and at all other tertiary institutions on the African continent. Such an approach will provide a more integrated approach to sport as a catalyst for social development within any developing country.