Our Vision

To equip children with the skills needed to manage the complexities, demands and pressures of everyday life


CoolPlay is a Not For Profit (NPO) Trust founded in Cape Town in 2010. CoolPlay started with the support and funding of the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation and The Learning Trust. Initially just a sporting program we were encouraged by Morne Du Plessis, the Laureus Chairman, to think deeply about what kind impact we wanted to make with the youth in our programs. As a result our unique life skills content was developed with child psychologist Linda Bruce from Cool To Be Me, who designs and implements Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) programs for children and Steph Nel, a consultant to World Rugby (IRB).

Our life skills are delivered through sport, starting with rugby in 2010 and netball since 2014, and we now teach our unique social and emotional learning curriculum to 1200 children (boys and girls) in 5 areas across the Western Cape (Khayelitsha, Cape Agulhas, Northern Suburbs, Southern Suburbs and the Cape Peninsula). 

Our achievements since 2010 have been many, and we are very proud of:

- Growing our impact by 50% per year in the last 5 years; from 300 kids to 1200, and to include girls as well as boys.
- Creation of a growing and unique series of life skills through sport training manuals and an adult resilience programme to develop our Champions.
- Expansion to include new sports of Netball and Soccer.
- Investment in infrastructure: from a primarily volunteer staff in 2014 to 5 core staff managing 30 Champions in 2018.

In 2018 as we hope to reach 1300 youth at 30 schools with rugby and netball at each school and 55% boys and 45% girls. Our focus this year is on better understanding our impact and educating our Champions to be the best trained in the sector with extra workshops planned  around adult resilience, child protection and gender diversity. 

Thank you for your support,

Barry O'Mahony

Barry O'Mahony, Co-Founder  

Barry O'Mahony, Co-Founder