Volunteers Direct Sport Project Score Card 2012

Volunteers Direct offers the most exciting and diverse Sports Project  in Cape Town.

Lulu with U17 Team mates

Lulu & U17 Team mates

SOCCER is the main sport played by township boys. With the volunteers we manage the Under 11 and Under 13 teams at the township primary school. We coach at 4 additional underprivileged primary schools and organise matches between schools. The skill level in soccer is high, and after taking several boys to trials at Ajax Cape Town 5 years ago, one of our successful trainees, Lulu, is now playing mid field at Under 17 level for the club and stands a great chance of making the big time. With Ajax Cape Town he has already toured to Amsterdam, and China where he played against Boca Juniors, Manchester United, Celtic, Inter Milan Under 15s.


Volleyball Project

VOLLEYBALL is played all year round with our volunteer coaches training both girls and boys at 5 disadvantaged schools in and around Cape Town.



Thanks to the volleyball coaching and after extensive trials, we have had a 13 year boy and girl enrolled at the Western Cape Sports School this past year. This is a full boarding academy concentrating on sports and academics. The lives of these 2 teenagers have been irrevocably changed for the better. Of a 7 kids who undertook trails at the beginning of November we hope to enrol at least 4 more volleyball players into this Sport School for 2013.

Kick Kick Kick

SWIMMING. Over the past 5 years we have taught at least 80 kids from the Township Primary School to swim through our volunteer sports project. Lessons take place in Hout Bay from early October to mid April. This project has now progressed to where we are training senior Township High School students to coach the juniors, with the idea that they can earn an income as swimming instructors and lifesavers in the future. There is a shortage of swimming instructors in Cape Town where swimming is an essential life skill as the city is surrounded by 2 oceans.

Introducing Hockey

HOCKEY.  Through our enthusiastic Sports Volunteers we recently introduced hockey to both the kids in Imizano Yetho township in Hout Bay and several other Primary schools in poorer communities close to Cape Town. The interest from both the girls and boys was fantastic and we will continue hockey coaching as part of our Sports Project .

This past year the Sports Volunteer Project has included coaching athletics at the township school at the beginning of the school year and NETBALL for the girls  during our winter.

2012 has seen great growth and development in the Spots Project with Volleyball and Swimming going from strength to strength and providing opportunities for the future for the township youth. Introducing hockey has provided an additional sport for both boys and girls.

Happy Hearts Soccer Team

We continue to nurture the soccer talent and are happy to see an increase in junior girl’s teams. We will continue to follow Lulus progress with interest.

Volunteer with us in 2013 and contribute to the continued success of this exciting Sport Project in Cape Town

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Volunteers Direct Report Card 2011

In South Africa, December marks the end of the school year, the start of the long summer holidays and the festive season all rolled into one.



Many of our past volunteers will remember Nandipha and Abigail from Oranjekloof Primary. They are now both at Camps Bay High School thanks to the generous sponsorship of past volunteers H and John.  Nandipha is now in her final year, matric. She has to work hard to succeed as the lack of a good foundation education is now showing.



After an initial shaky start at the beginning of the year Abigail has adapted well to Camps Bay High. She was given an award at the end of the year for “Endeavour” – hard work.



A young Belgium volunteer Annabel, has agreed to pay the school fees for a bright Oranjekloof pupil Cheslyn who is 9. In 2012 he will be going to Grade 4 at Kronendal Primary School.

Annabel is also the PRO for professional football club KV Oostende and will be visiting us again in February. We are hoping that the club will be able to start social upliftment projects with the children in the Hout Bay Township.



Another pupil close to our heart is Cynthia, a dynamic young woman who has just completed her final Matric exams at Hout Bay High School. Her results are due on the 5 January and the expectation is that in 2012 she will start her Accounting degree at University of the Western Cape.  Our Dutch associates, Stichting Docenten voor Africa, have agreed to pay 50% of the fees for her first year, including student accommodation. This is an added bonus as she had to get up at 4 in the morning to find a quiet time to study in the township.

The literacy project continues to grow at primary schools in and around Cape Town improving the reading skills of 8 to 9 year old pupils.

We would like to thank all the volunteers who have assisted in the township primary and high schools, who have given students individual attention at the homework club and who have donated books and resources.

It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all.” – Former President, Nelson Mandela



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English Literacy Project

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Girls Home Project

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Game of Two Halves

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AJAX Cape Town open the new football field in Hout Bay

Astroturf football field Hout Bay

Saturday 5 November was the big opening day for the new Astroturf football field next to Hout Bay High School in Cape Town.


Hout Bay Team 2 - 5 November 2011

With help from our volunteers we were able to coach and select junior teams from the township to play in the opening games.


AJAX U-15 including Lulu

The professional club Ajax Cape Town did us proud by sending their Under 12 , Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 sides to play in a series of games against our youngsters. The clubs first team came to support the juniors and signed club photos and posters for their fans.

AXAX CT First Team

Games started at 10am finishing by 3pm. Our local Hout Bay teams drew the first game 3-3, won the second game 3-2 but unfortunately lost the senior games. The games were keenly fought and of particular interest was our own midfielder, Lulu now playing for Ajax’s Under 15 side. The day highlighted the huge amount of untapped talent in the townships. Hopefully the new pitch situated in a beautiful location between the ocean and the mountains will help to nurture some of that talent.

Many of the boys share boots or play in trainers, if there is any way you can get (secondhand) boots to us in Cape Town we can put them to good use.

AJAX Transport

AJAX transport


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Imizamo Yethu Township in Hout Bay

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Oranjekloof Primary School

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Hout Bay High School

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How to Volunteer

How to Volunteer

Whether it’s teaching, arranging a doctor’s visit or cooking a meal for the homeless, many opportunities exist to help the lesser-able individuals or groups. Usually, people believe volunteering will consume their free time, which makes them hesitant of offering up their services.

How to volunteer in your spare time

Work in your local community, neighbourhood or from home. Invest your time and efforts that fit your objectives. For instance, if your knitting skills are good, knit caps for the senior citizens and premature babies. If your social skills are strong, raise funds for the poor or create volunteer groups who can help overseas in the face on a natural calamity.

Join local organizations to raise funds to build safe playgrounds, provide music lessons for low-income group children or provide meals for the poor and needy.

How to volunteer in Cape Town

Volunteers Direct offers a range of projects to get involved with, from teaching in a township to helping at shelters and homes for children at risk. Through us, volunteers of all ages has learned how to volunteer and teach, mentor and uplift the youth of Cape Town for the past 5 years.

Would you like to know how to volunteer? Complete the form on the right or click on “Contact” above and send us your questions.

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