Inkwenkwezi Youth Development Sporting Foundation (2019)

In brief

Inkwenekwezi Youth Development Sporting Foundation offers sporting programmes to better the lives of underprivileged youth – mainly through integration of physical and educational activities in the school curriculum, three times per week in school and five times per week out of school.

Problem to be tackled

Poverty, the lack of future prospects and socio-economic-political marginalisation shape the daily lives of many young people and are important structural causes for anti-social, risky behaviours. Young people’s frustration results in a propensity for violence and unsafe behaviour.

Local partner

Inkwenkwezi Youth Development Sporting Foundation is implementing the programme which is an in-school-out-of-school programme; it is 60% focusing on primary school learners and 40% out of school. The organisation uses non-formal, informal educational techniques to impart skills and knowledge. Currently, the organisation employs netball, football and cricket as a conduit to pass this knowledge – in order to develop children cognitively, physically, mentally and emotionally.


Inkwenkwezi Youth Development Sporting Foundation works with an age group between 8 and 35 years, with 60% females and 40% males including special needs in a rural context.

SOL’s contribution

With support from The SOL Foundation Inkwenkwezi Youth Development Sporting Foundation will be able to implement their in-school-out-of-school programme with the main focus on sport for development in the context of life skills and learning.

Project partner

Inkwenkwezi Youth Development Sporting Foundation is a rural youth-led non-governmental, not-for-profit company that uses the power of sport to educate, inspire and mobilise at-risk youth in Ngqushwa local municipality, in the Eastern Cape – Peddie, South Africa.

The organisation was formed by unemployed graduates in 2015 to give back to their communities and to gain practical workplace skills with the strategic intent to empower young people so that a dream of a crime free society wherein the youth is safe, employable, academically achieving, healthy and socially connected is realised.