Inspiring young community leader, Asanda Modise recently graduated from the Laureus Youth Empowerment Through Sport (YES) programme.
The YES programme is one of the exciting ways that the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is empowering and inspiring youth leaders in Africa to use sport for the good of their communities. Launched in 2012, the programme focuses on equipping youth with the technical, vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods. The programme targets school leavers, ages 18 to 25, with particular attention given to young people who are passionate about sport and the uplifting of local communities.
Asanda was asked to complete a QA for more info on the work he is currently doing and to tell us about his plans for the future:
Tell us about yourself?
Sport changed my life from my inactive primary school days (Sydenham Primary School) – I did not participate in any sport activities I was at school at 8:00am and went home at 2:00 pm. I was not sociable at all and had a low self-esteem. I then went on to high school (Newton Technical High School) where I was introduced to sport (rugby) – keeping in mind I have never played a match in my life and was not interested in sport I none the less gave it a shot and made the u14A team. Achievements that followed were u15A at sixteen and I made it into the Eastern Province rugby team the following year at seventeen. I made the EP u18 Craven week team alongside now Springbok player Siya Kolisi at eighteen and then the EP u19 Craven Week?. I went on to represent clubs such as Police Rugby Club and PE College. Needless to say sport changed my whole life as I was now confident with a high self-esteem. I had made so many new friends and my life was now a dream come true because of sport. If sport could do so much for my life I knew it could do the same and more for other kids so I took on the role of becoming a sport coach.
Where do you come from?
I am born and bred in the friendly city of Port Elizabeth ?in a suburb called Motherwell NU4B. In 2010 I moved to Blue Water Bay where I am currently residing.
Tell us about sport for all and your involvement?
Sports for all is one of the most amazing sports organizations I have ever come across because of its versatility in the coaching division it doesn’t just allow coaches to remain in their field of expertise as far as coaching is concerned but also has programmes that teach coaches about any sport there is. Meaning as a sport for all coach I am able to do different sporting codes and influence a lot more children than I originally would have influenced If I just coached rugby. I got introduced to this franchise by Pastor Thobile Sonjica who runs the one we have here in Port Elizabeth. We work with schools and the local community.
How did you join the YES program?
I received an application form which I had to fill in and submit alongside with people from all over Africa so the chances of being chosen were not easy at all. After a while having submitted my form I received the amazing life changing news that I was chosen to be on the program needless to say one of the most exciting times of my life. For those who do not know the Laureus program is a sports organization that focuses on equipping young coaches and leaders in their communities from ages 18-25 with the skills they would need to excel in the art of coaching and becoming change agents through sport. But most importantly to be more effective in the work we do and also professional in all aspects of the work we do.
Has the yes program changed your life and how?
Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes it definitely changed my life as before I joined the program my coaching skills and knowledge of the field of coaching and its broadness was one dimensional and only focused on getting to the field and making sure the kids enjoyed themselves. I learned about sport and life situations and through the program I was introduced to everything that makes a perfect sports coach. Just to name a few things that I was developed in with just the first year being: Workplace Communication; Organize and administer sport; Plan practice sessions; Teaching sport skills; Managing a sports event; Personality and career psychometric assessment; Leadership; Life skills facilitation and Vega brand training.
I’m a well-rounded coach now who can even open his own organisation to influence more lives through sport and its companies like Mercedes Benz who make this possible and hard-working and loving individuals like Gita, Nawaal, Nasiphi and Bongi just to name a few who worked tirelessly to make this project a success.
What will you do with the skills learned?
The best thing I can do with the skills I’ve learnt is to be effective in what I do grow the franchise and allow more people to be changed by sport just like me.
Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years?
In the next 10 years I would love to penetrate the whole Eastern Cape with sport and witness the development and change sport has to offer through programmes I have designed my vision is not aimed at a certain group of individuals but both old and young members. I would like to extend this vision to those living with chronic disease via local clinics by implementing eating and exercise plans. I believe a healthy body is a healthy mind. I love to travel the world learning more and also imparting the skills and knowledge I’ve gained?. My motto in life is; “To whom much is given much is expected.”
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