WhizzKids staff rocking the Drakensberg
posted by Daniel Schoeberl on 30 July 2010
WhizzKids staff always on top.
WhizzKids staff always on top.
From Tuesday to Thursday the whole office staff of WhizzKids United went to the White Mountain Lodge in the Drakensberg. The reason for the three days out of the office was to spend some days in a relaxing area, participate in team-building and to release pressure from a busy time we have had for the last two months and especially during the World Cup period.

With three packed cars and eleven people we drove to the White Mountain Lodge close to Estcourt which is about 200 kilometres far away from Durban. The accommodation was in a quiet area surrounded by beautiful mountains and a fabulous lake. These were the best requirements for a relaxing, exciting and successful team-building trip.

On the first day we pushed the envelope with using the Fuffi Slide. There all of our staff crossed a canyon with a rope which was stretched over the 25 metre high canyon. When we were finished with our first thrill we went back to our accommodation slacking off and talking about our experience we had shared.

Wednesday was day number two of our team-building and a big hiking tour came up. Together with three guides from the White Mountain Lodge we climbed the 2000 metre high mountain. On the top we had a rest and enjoyed the amazing countryside of the Drakensberg for a couple of minutes. After that our next activity on the schedule was Abseiling.

Abseiling means the controlled descent down a rope and we did it on a 45 metre high cliff. All members of our staff were really brave and arrived safely on the ground. It was a nice experience and some of our members had to rise above to do the Abseiling because of their fear of heights, but after doing it everyone was happy and proud of her- or himself.

All in all we had almost three extremely funny days in the Drakensberg. Unfortunately our Marketing Director Oli and our Hawaiian part time coach Brian had to leave Africaid´s WhizzKids United for new tasks beyond the organization after our trip. But I´m sure they had as much fun as I had and they will always remember three of my personally best days since I´ve been here in South Africa.
Tournament number nine and ten for me
posted by Daniel Schoeberl on 26 July 2010
Kids celebrating in Umlazi
Kids celebrating in Umlazi
Allthough the World Cup 2010 in South Africa is finished we are still running our own WhizzKids World Cup tournaments as a final part of the Life Skills Sessions. Last week we had two of these tournaments in Umlazi where more than 400 kids attended from Sekelani Primary School.

Except for a couple of minor defects both days were a big success and I´m sure the kids had a lot of fun. In contrast of the official World Cup, England played a really good tournament and won the tournament of the first day. The players of the 5th and 6th grade played not only a thrilling tournament with an unusual high number of penalty shootouts, but also really fair play according to the Fifa Fair Play Rules. In terms of the fair play Denmark was the fairest team by a long way, so we gave them our WhizzKids Fair Play Trophy.

On the following day the pupils of the 7th grade of Sekelani Primary School attended the tournament. Again we had a really exciting tournament with 180 kids in total. This time the Umlazi kids who played for Paraguay won the World Cup title. The fair play award went to the players from Italy who didn´t tackle, supported their opponents after defeats and played also a very good tournament with reaching the final.

From my side the two tournaments were probably my last ones during my internship with WithKids United. Finally and after running ten tournaments I can say that the events on the one hand were very exhausting, but on the other hand really impressive. Thanks to WhizzKids for getting the chance to gain experiences in the townships of Rustenburg, Edendale, Lamontville and Umlazi. I´m sure as a tourist or a backpacker I wouldn´t have had the chance to be so close to the life in the townships.
World cup has come and gone.
posted by Sma on 16 July 2010
Me and the office.
Me and the office.
It has been very exciting period for every one . I am talking about world cup soccer matches, schools were closed and everyone was in the mood for soccer. Watching games live “unbelievable hey” it was the first time for me to watch big teams live, normally I am used to see them on TV. It is because of WhizzKids United which I am working for as an Office Apprentice. They have been so wonderful; we were given tickets to watch the matches as staff as well as kids who were coming from the schools which we are working with.

I believe that the World Cup has created more opportunity for us to be well known by other people and organisations because we are working with kids. We are hoping that we can change the world. If you believe that you can does something do it. Hopefully every thing will go on as normal and kids are back at schools and visitors are on their way back home. I will like to thank the WhizzKids staff from CEO to the trainers; they have been working very hard to make this successful and happy ending for every one. Also thank you to those volunteers who came to spend their time with us!
Cooperation with The Vega and my first English presentation
posted by Daniel Schoeberl on 12 July 2010
Will he be the next star of our advert?
Will he be the next star of our advert?
Today my collegue Oli and I went to The Vega School to present our program WhizzKids United. The Vega calls itself a school which aims to inspire a new breed of thinkers. Reason enough for us to begin a cooperation with some of the students, because their task is to create an advertisement for three non-profit organizations in Durban. For us this looks like a great opportunity to get some new inspirations and of course a professional advertisement from creative students with lots of ideas.

The project is not only a challenge for the students of the University, but also it was a big challenge for me, because I had to do my first presentation in a foreign language this morning. I felt really unconfident before doing my speech about WhizzKids United, because my English of course has improved since my arrival in South Africa, but it is not perfect yet. But all in all after the presentation I was really happy about it. Certainly the way I talked to the 40 students was not faultless, but afterwards I could slap on my own shoulder and say to myself "Well done Daniel!".

After our presentation we listened to two other organizations which are also based in Durban. The first one was held by Tom from Umthombo. The programme deals with street children and uses football and surfing as a medium to get the kids away from the streets.

The last presenter was Jes Foord who introduced us into her project called The Jes Foord Foundation. Her story was really impressing, because Jes herself was raped by four men two years ago. From then on she has called herself a "rape survivor". Her bad experience was the reason why she founded the organization helping other people who have to deal with the same destiny.

We are really glad about the cooperation with the students from The Vega and looking forward to the liaison and naturally the results of their project. If you want to find out more about Umthombo and The Jes Foord Foundation enter www.umthombo.org or www.jff.org.za.
Great photos of Holiday Camps at Umlazi
posted by Oli Walsh on 9 July 2010
Stefan celebrating with some WhizzKids at the camp
Stefan celebrating with some WhizzKids at the camp
A couple of weeks ago we had a visit from Lorrie Fair and her Kickabout team and their photographer Eli took some amazing photos of the camp which he has now posted on his photo blog.

Please go to Elis Kickabout Africa blog to check them out, with a few too many shots of our staff doing Shakira and Freshly Ground′s Waka Waka dance with the kids!
Team South Africa shines in Alexandra
posted by Paul Kelly on 9 July 2010
The opening ceremony of the tournament
The opening ceremony of the tournament
The second week of the Football for Hope Festival is the Football Tournament where 32 delegations from all over the world compete against each other and promote FIFA Fair Play Principles. After losing their first game against a very strong Diambars Team from Senegal, Team South Africa won four of the next six games and have qualified to compete for the Football for Hope Cup. Congratulations !!!

The tournament is played in a way that promotes FIFA′s Fair Play Principles. Each game is divided into three halves. The first half is a pre game mediation session where teams meet and agree on the rules for the game. In the second half, the teams compete in a 12-minute game which is self-refereed. When a foul is committed, the players raise their hands, and jointly agree on a fair decision. In the third half, the teams meet again to discuss if the rules that were agreed to before the game were adhered to. Each team has the opportunity to award the opposition an extra point for fair play if they they believe the game was played fairly. So far, Team South Africa has received a fair play point in each of their games -- well done boys and girls.

The team has two more group stage games today before the knockout stages tomorrow. Good luck and continue to play in the spirit of fair play.
Festival 2010 Update from Alexandra
posted by Oli Walsh on 7 July 2010
Half of Team South Africa at Soccer City
Half of Team South Africa at Soccer City
While the excitement is building in the office, particularly as WKU staff are getting the opportunity to see Germany v Spain live, our Festival 2010 Kids are up in Alexandra putting in some great performances on and off the football field.

Hopefully they will get a chance to come on the blog themselves and share their experiences with you themselves, if not now, but at the very least when they return from the Festival.

In the meantime I can try and update you!

Last week they spent their time painting, taking part in coaching sessions (led by their own coaches who had taken part in Coerver coaching courses), further developing their photography skills as part of Sony′s Siyakhona project. They also got the opportunity to discuss their own life experiences with heir new friends from around the World and to hear how kids from around the world spend their daily lives.

They wrapped up warm and went to see Ghana v Uruguay and while the result was not what they wanted due to some dubious Uruguayan play, I am sure they enjoyed the atmosphere at Soccer City!

On Sunday the tournament started, opened by Jacob Zuma, President of RSA and Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA. It seems the WhizzKids have bonded quickly with their new team mates Altus sport to from Team South Africa, as in the tournament so far, they have won three and lost just one. Just as importantly they are following FIFA fair play guidelines and making new friends, so keep it up!

You can get more updates on Festival 2010 through the streetfootballworld site
Halftime for me at WhizzKids
posted by Daniel Schoeberl on 5 July 2010
Me with some kids at the Holiday Camp in Umlazi.
Me with some kids at the Holiday Camp in Umlazi.
The first three months of my internship with WhizzKids United are over which means that it′s halftime of my stay in South Africa. All in all I have had a great time so far, especially working in the townships, which really left an impression on me and I′m sure that I wouldn′t have had those experiences as a tourist or a backpacker.

Our WhizzKids United World Cup tournaments were really great and I enjoyed every second with the kids and their different ways of celebrating goals and having so much fun. Furthermore I got the chance to attend some tournaments in Rustenburg which gave me the chance to see more of South African′s beautiful countryside and another township far away from the places we normally work in.

Of course the ongoing World Cup was and still is also an awesome experience for me, because through WhizzKids United I had the opportunity to attend some games as a chaperone together with kids from our Holiday Camps. It was not only the kids that had a great time but me as well!

Naturally I′ve visited two games to support my home country Germany, one in Durban and the other one in Port Elizabeth. And I′m really happy that I′ve gotten a ticket for the semi final in Durban on Wednesday which is like a dream come true. So keep your fingers crossed that they′ll reach the final and perhaps win the World Cup. And then I could say "I was there".

All in all I′ve enjoyed working with WhizzKids United so far and I′m really looking forward to the following three months and the tasks which await me.
Leisure activity for kids from the townships
posted by Daniel Schoeberl on 2 July 2010
Last week we finished our Castrol Holiday Camps. Within two weeks we ran three camps, two at Ndongeni Primary School in Umlazi and one at Clarence Primary School close to our office in Greyville. All of them were a big success and a reason for the WhizzKids staff to attend one more holiday activity in Lamontville.

In Lamontville, Durban′s oldest African township, we had a different schedule to the one in Umlazi, with a greater range of activities. So we decided together with our new volunteer Brian to improvise and play different football related games. Either we played funny warm-up games with the whole group, consisting of 70 to 100 children, or we taught them some excercises to improve their football skills. And of course, finally we had a big football match on four pitches after dividing the kids into eight groups.

For us it was important to teach the kids, who are still having holidays, some great games which they can play during their off school time. Otherwise they get bored and get into mischief. And if the kids had nearly as much fun as our staff had, then we have achieved our goal in Lamontville!
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