What? The Johannesburg Cubs Project and the Gauteng Cricket Board Development Programme is a joint venture set up to establish a multi-racial and cross-cultural cricket-training programme for school children in Johannesburg and surrounding areas. The remnants of apartheid are still felt in most communities in South Africa today and there have not been many opportunities for youth to integrate. Sport has proved a formidable tool in uniting South Africa. Social change is the projects guiding principal and strong emphasis has been placed on ensuring that social conscience, mutual respect, tolerance and trust are fostered. We aim to develop participants into independent, responsible citizens, in their communities, South Africa and the world.
Where? The programme was initiated in 2007 by the concerned parents of Cubs members. Disadvantaged, mostly black, participants are chosen from among the approximately 2,500 school children actively involved in GCB Development areas, such as Kagiso, Soweto, Lenasia and Alexandra. Privileged, mostly white, participants are recruited via parents, and are assisted with integration and social awareness by project representatives. An important understanding is that they travel to community townships to play cricket. The split between advantaged and disadvantaged participants is kept at 50:50. Social awareness and integration among parents is also promoted.
Outcomes? Benefits for project participants are numerous. In terms of cricket skills, these include exposure to high-level coaching from former South African international cricketer Darryl Cullinan and other experienced coaches; excellent playing facilities and training techniques, as well as opportunities to win scholarships and bursaries to attend prominent schools. Other benefits include access to international travel, exposure to supportive coaching and parenting infrastructure, and interaction with children of different races, culture, class and beliefs. In addition to this, an important focus of the programme is the development of various social skills to complement the cricket. These include training in general social skills, etiquette and ethics; budgeting and finances; project planning; personal administration and first-aid.
Contact Johannesburg Cubs
Johannesburg: Soweto, Toekomsrus, Kagiso, Sandton and Eldorado Park
Postal Address: PO Box 40596, Cleveland 2022
Tel: +27 11 616 6168
Cell: +27 82 891 2377
Fax: +27 11 616 6163