Young Achievement Sports for Development

In brief

The SOL Foundation assists Young Achievement Sports for Development with the implementation of a specific programme that uses sport as a tool to reach out to young people and help them focus on their school work in a non-formal way and thereby maximising and ensuring that the students remains excited about their school work.

The programme is implemented in a rural set up, an area that was affected by cyclone Idai in Zimbabwe in 2019.

Problem to be tackled

The aftermath of a cyclone normally leaves a generation that might struggle to meet the expectation of being part of the mainstream society and Young Achievement Sports for Development seeks to ensure that it bridges the gap between survivors of the cyclone and the rest of the community.

Local partner

Young Achievement Sports for Development’s programme run a sports training curriculum that is focused in giving psychosocial support to the young people in the process ensuring that they get support in schoolwork; additionally focus group discussion and group therapy will be used.

Ten community coaches that will lead the coaching of young people helping the children to excel and focus more on their school work and to promote a working together approach using the power of football and cricket.

Beneficiaries

The beneficiaries are children and adolescents aged between 7 and 22 years, 60% male and 40% female including youth with special needs.

The socio-economic background: the programme is implemented in a rural set up, an area that was affected by cyclone Idai in 2019 in Zimbabwe. Efforts after the cyclone are being focused towards restoring infrastructure.

SOL’s contribution

With the support from The SOL Foundation, Young Achievement Sports for Development will be able to implement a sport-focused programme for young people in Chipinge, a District and town in Manicaland Province in southeastern Zimbabwe, a rural area hit by a cyclone Idai in 2019; the target is to boost the youngsters’ academics.

Project partner

Young Achievement Sports for Development is a community-based organisation in Zimbabwe that was formed by young people that had faced internal displacement in their lives.

It is focused on giving young people living in disadvantaged and violence prone communities, through education and personal development combined with sports an opportunity to realise their potential.

Young Achievement Sports reaches out to the young people through the three main pillars of programming a) Sports Training Programme, b) Educational Support and c) Youth Support Services.