Cape Town - The second annual Laureus Sport for Good
South Africa National Summit was recently hosted in Mauritius and saw over 70 delegates from across South Africa come
to together to share insightful ideas and findings covering a multitude of
topics all under the banner of Sport for Good and Sport for Development.
GALLERY: Laureus Sport for Good South Africa National Summit
The three-day summit was attended by
representatives from the 26 Laureus supported projects who are currently
activated in 100 communities around South Africa as well as the local Hope
House project, a Mauritian project founded by a South African couple that uses
surfing, carpentry and sewing as a tool to ignite change in the community.
of the Laureus Ambassadors were also in attendance including Butch James, Corne
Krige, Desiree Ellis, Zanele Mdodana, Deshun Deysel, Elana Meyer, Cynthia
Tshaka, Ryk Neethling, Shaun Pollock and Dan Nicholl.
The main objective for the summit was
to provide a platform for networking, training, knowledge sharing and
ultimately creating a highly effective practice environment for all to benefit
from. The Laureus team delved deeper into the immediate issues that so many of
their projects face and focused on identifying collective solutions for all
those in attendance.
Day 1 of the summit focused on
reinforcing Laureus’ vision of their short and long-term plans for the coming
years, while also showcasing the Laureus and Mercedes-Benz partnership and
detailing their collective plans for the future. Some of the key themes
unpacked on the second day included key insights surrounding the critical
themes of Governance and Research, whilst also including a breakaway session
for the Trustees and Ambassadors to discuss the importance of Advocacy. Day 3 focused on Sport Development and Sustainability, once again demonstrating
how Laureus’ strength lies in its network, providing unique access to
incredibly inspiring, knowledgeable and likeminded individuals.
A crucial addition to this year’s summit
was the significant presence of a number of Laureus Ambassadors who attended
the bulk of the Summit Programme. The Laureus Ambassador network plays a vital
role in the organisations strategy of advocating for sport being one of the
most effective tools in terms making positive social change.
Laureus South Africa chairperson, Morne du
Plessis explained, “It’s just short of a year since we last saw this incredible
network of changemakers and what a privilege to be back hosting our second
instalment. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and our Management Team we would
like to thank everyone for joining us and for playing an integral part in
helping us analyse key findings over the last year and assisting with setting
new goals for the year ahead”
“I want to take the opportunity to thank our friends from
Mercedes-Benz South Africa, the Country Patron and primary funding partner of
Laureus in South Africa. Our growth over the past few years from 13 to 26
programmes is testament to their belief in the role that sport plays in our
society and we would like to thank them for their unwavering support of
Laureus, on both a Global and National level’.
"I would also like to thank Beachcomber, the Event Partner and host for the Laureus Sport for
Good South Africa Summit, who have provided us with the opportunity to be able
to put on an event of this nature for our delegates. Beachcomber has a rich
tradition of supporting sport in Mauritius, as well as a Foundation that
focuses on community upliftment, complementing our Sport for Good movement.
Their passion and professionalism in supporting this event is greatly
appreciated and we look forward to a healthy partnership, benefiting both the
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Beachcomber,” concluded Du Plessis.
The second Laureus Sport for Good South Africa National Summit was
a resounding success and introduced members of the diverse Laureus network in
South Africa to each other, with the key objective being to create a
collaborative platform for those who attended to draw on best practices from
within, and outside, the Laureus organisation. By providing these opportunities
to the broader network Laureus aims to strengthen, unite and inspire the sport
for social change community in South Africa.
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation funds, supports and promotes the use of sport
as a tool for social change. The Foundation has a network of over 140 sport for
social change organisations around the world using sport in innovative ways to
tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges facing our youth. Since its
inception, Laureus has raised over €100 million for projects which have helped
to improve the lives of millions of young people.
further information on the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation in South Africa, visit http://www.laureus.co.za/