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Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club (SCARC)

Project Overview

What? Inspired by the vision of providing “Empowerment and growth through sport”, the club aims to not only teach residents of Soweto how to swim and participate in watersports, but also to develop crucial life skills that will assist its members in becoming economically active in their chosen fields.The foundation phase of the programmes ensure that members receive their basic swimming proficiency, after which they are introduced to both flat water and river racing.  They train in Soweto do time trial at Emmarentia Dam, and race on the weekend. It is here that the aspiring paddlers have an opportunity to interact with a broad mix of society from top sportsmen to top business men, exposing them to a side of life they would never otherwise experience.

Where?  The project is based at Emmarentia Dam, Soweto.

Outcomes? The Club has been restructured for 8-20 year old’s only, a learning centre is being set up at the Orlando Dept of Sports & Recreation.

Description: SCARC is more than just a sports club or a swimming program, it is a powerful platform that is touching and changing the local community.  It is evidence of the enormous untapped talent. It is proof of the hunger within our youth to transform their futures.  And it is testimony to our capacity as individuals to make a positive contribution to the future of our country.


Contact Soweto Canoe and Recreation Club (SCARC)

Nadia Barnard

Postal Address: ADreach House, 8 Archimedes Street, Kramerville, Johannesburg

Cell: +27 82 856 0454



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