Overcoming adversity through sport: Local female coach uplifts SA youth

Overcoming adversity through sport: Local female coach uplifts SA youth

- Songelwa Sicuku-Mkita helps young South Africans find purpose with the help of team sports

- Growing up, Songelwa had a difficult upbringing, but she found stability and inspiration through sport

- Now, she uses her own experiences to uplift SA youth who are struggling

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Meet Songelwa Sicuku-Mkita, a community leader focussed on bringing a sense of purpose to children from broken homes, through the joy of sport.

Songelwa is currently the programme coordinator of the Mbekweni Community Sport Centre in the Western Cape, but she did not always have a clear, positive journey to follow.

According to Beautiful News South Africa, Songelwa had a difficult start in life.

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Briefly.co.za learned that the community leader never knew her father, and on top of this, her mother passed away when she was still a young child.

Even in the face of this adversity, Songelwa found a sense of belonging through sport, explaining that, on the sports field:

“I found role models that most people find in parents or at home.”

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Songelwa immediately started volunteering after matric at a local NGO, SCORE, which strives to provide stability and positivity for youth with difficult backgrounds, using sports.

“A lot of children grow up without a typical family structure,” Songelwa says.
“A team sport offers them a sense of belonging when they struggle to find it.”

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To find about more about Songelwa Scuku-Mkita and the work she does, watch the video below:

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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