About us

Our Vision

We are a sport for development programme that works in underprivileged communities in South Africa. We provide a safe space after school for learners aged 5 – 18 to play. They are given access to positive adult role models (CoolPlay coaches that we call Champions), constructive peer relationships and are encouraged to take on new challenges and develop valuable life skills. This is done through a specialised curriculum that develops social and emotional learning.

We empower young people to make good choices, manage their emotions and develop healthy relationships.

We give children an opportunity to level out an uneven playing field, reaching their potential: on the field, in the classroom and in their personal lives.

Our Beneficiaries

Our primary beneficiaries are learners between the ages of 5-18 in low- & no- fee schools situated in some of the most underprivileged communities of South Africa.

Our Champions

Our coaches are called Champions. They are recruited from within the local community and are role models and advocates for the CoolPlay Way.

On their journey with CoolPlay, Champions are upskilled to build their own personal resilience, to deliver fun and interactive sport and life skills sessions and to be positive agents of change.

Ongoing Champion development is holistic and focused on:

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CoolPlay programme delivery
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Personal social & emotional development
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Skills development
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Sport specific coaching skills
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Psychosocial support & guidance
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Child safeguarding
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First aid
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Gender Awareness

CoolPlay Curriculum

The CoolPlay curriculum is delivered through 9 “Coaching Cards”, the pillars of the programme. The Coaching Cards provide a framework for the Champions (coaches), to weave relatable life lessons into fun and engaging sport-specific drills and activities.

The Coaching Cards focus on the following themes:

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Value-based goal setting – both personal & team
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Personal responsibility & team values
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Identifying skills and character strengths
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Team cohesion and spirit
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Communication
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Maintaining composure
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Developing optimism
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Good, responsible decision making
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Gender equity
The sports currently being played include rugby, netball, hockey and soccer. Learners involved in the programme have positive role models (CoolPlay Champions) to look up to and are given a safe place to explore their emotions, build resilience and empathy and learn to give and receive support within a team environment.

See us in action:

The CoolPlay Way

When someone opts to live their life the CoolPlay Way they understand the impact of their actions, they make better decisions and become positive contributors to the world around them.

The CoolPlay Way promotes:

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Respect for oneself and others
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Gender equality
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Growth and development-oriented thinking
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An optimistic outlook and a positive attitude
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A strong sense of self-awareness
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Staying calm and managing emotions
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Working hard and taking responsibility
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Patience and the understanding that change takes time
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Clear communication
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Honesty

History

CoolPlay originally started in 2010 with Vuka Rugby. It was focused on establishing rugby leagues at low- and no- fee paying schools in Cape Town and the surrounding areas. As CoolPlay began to learn about the communities, and through engaging with participants, educators, and the community, a need for greater involvement beyond just sport was identified.

In 2013 a specialised curriculum was designed by Lindy Sutherland who develops, publishes, and implements Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) for children through Cool To Be Me, and Sport Scientist and World Rugby consultant Steph Nel. Each coaching theme focuses on one key SEL area.

In 2015 netball was adopted to deliver on the organisational goal to promote gender equity. In the first year of netball, 150 sessions were delivered. This also led to the curriculum being adapted so that it was relevant to all sports – Lindy Sutherland wrote up the six social & emotional conversation manual which was further developed into the CoolPlay Coaching Cards in 2017.

These coaching cards still form the foundation for the programme today and include physical sport-specific drills with relatable life lessons that coaches intertwine into the sports sessions and can be used with any sport.

Our Team

Tori Gardner

Chief Executive Officer

Luqmaan Ismail

Operations Manager

Carl Davids

Programme Manager

Damion Barends

Northern Suburbs Area Manager

Trustees:

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Barry O’Mahony
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Johan Schlebusch
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Ismail Teladia
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Dale Irvine
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Saleem Sonday

Finance:

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Denis Handley

Champions:

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Aldrin Greeff
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Alicia Arendse
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Ashley Rossow
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Andiswa Xhaka
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Ashlon Hamman
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Ben Arendse
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Bongile Tshewula
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Bradwin Louis
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Bryce Lenders
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Chad-Lee Ross
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Chenay Abrahams
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Ethan Levendall
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Feziwe Payi
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Grace Mapfumo
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Jade de Monk
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Janice Joseph
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Jemaine Klaasens
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Kimberly Plaatjies
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Lourenzo Carelse
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Mkhululi Mtyotywa
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Monique Titus
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Mustapha Ras
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Mzuyanda Kunjuzwa
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Nceba Jonas
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Nokulunga Mvandaba
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Pamella (Phile) Dlulane
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Pamella Ngcwana
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Qhamane (Star) Tshambu
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Quintin Joubert
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Ralston Fernandez
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Faghmie Wilkinson
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Simphiwe Gwa
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Siphenathi Lamani
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Teddy Nyali
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Thembani Mkuku
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Vuyokazi Xayiya

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