Our Impact - Challenge South Africa
Challenge South Africa is a project that has enabled students from Stoke-on-Trent College to visit schools in South Africa and to find out more about the country's, history and life after apartheid.
The Foundation funded coaching sessions schools in South Africa and also donated equipment to enable the youngsters there to participate more fully in sport.
The project not only impacted on the schools involved, but also had a profound impact on the students from Stoke-on-Trent College who took part:
"The experience I gained out in South Africa was life changing. I feel so privileged to have been able to achieve one of my dreams and ambitions so early on in my life. Going out to Cape Town massively increased my confidence levels and opened my eyes up to a completely different way of living. This has now reflected on me as a person as I appreciate the lifestyle I live and have stopped taking many things for granted.
One of my ambitions in life is to become a PE Teacher or Football Coach both over here and abroad. So to have had the opportunity to experience this already was incredible. The experience has increased my motivation to achieve my goal, so I shall be forever grateful. Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching provided the funding for the sports equipment we used in Talfalah and Jamaica Primary School. The equipment was then kindly donated. So the foundation not only helped myself but also provided for the young children to play the sports they love.
I am now on the Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching committee. I am proud to be part of the foundation as without them my dream may never have become a reality and I am sure many other people feel the same way. For me, putting my time and effort into the foundation is a way of somewhat repaying what it has done for me."
Will Meigh, student involved in the scheme and subsequent committee member.
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't reflect on my experiences whether its late at night or early in the morning. The trip changed my life and gave me an open mind to the world and what we are capable of achieving.
As I look back at pictures it motivates me to want to do the best not only for myself but others around me, as seing other people who are less fortunate would give a lot to be in our positions and the lifestyle we have here in the UK.
Having something like this in my heart will stay with me forever and I will most certainly pass down to future family to share my experiences with them to hopefully open their minds and to help them show love when maybe we forget to in certain circumstances.
Without the resources from the Sir Stanley Matthews Foundation, we wouldn't have had the opportunity to provide the kids with sports skills and to see there beautiful smiles.
I hope once again we made Stan proud."
James Simpson, student involved in the scheme