Derek Hudson highlights the lack of equipment and facilities which prevents many talented black South Africans from taking part in sport. They also lack qualified coaches and sports development officers, who would be able to increase participation as well as identifying and nurturing talent.
As a Voluntary Service Overseas teacher in Zimbabwe, I was struck by the ability of some of my students, especially in athletics and rugby. I was also depressed by the lack of opportunities for this talent to be nurtured. Readers may well wish to support a new VSO initiative. We will be sending volunteers to work as community sports coaches throughout southern Africa, with a view to expanding this programme to the other regions where VSO works.
VSO Sports Initiative Co-ordinator