Moving-it, Moving Matters is a programme designed for primary school learners in Soweto to ensure all learners engage in appropriate and enjoyable physical activity each week. Learners who participate in this activity are 10-11 years old, in Grade 5, This significant program was made possible through funding received from Total South Africa.
The National sporting event GASP (Get Ahead Sports Programme) is one of the 5 planned talent-advancing Events scheduled in 2016 and this year the focus is on tennis.
A tennis tournament held at Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto on Friday 28 October 2016 saw 320 learners from 32 primary schools in Soweto who are actively participating in the Moving-It, Moving Matters programme come to participate in this inter-schools competiton.10 learners have been selected from each school. A further 10 Learners from the Nelspruit Mbombela area (Zwelitsha and Chakaza schools) have been selected take part in the competition, along with 10 Learners from the Yeoville area (Houghton Primary, Yeoville Boys and Yeoville Community Schools): both these teams were the winners in their respective district GASP events held earlier this year.Education forms an important element of Total South Africa’s corporate social investment strategy and the company’s Move-It, Moving Matters and GASP system is holistic in the way that communities are empowered by the cumulative effect which ensures positive changes in health, creates excitement and results in growing active people. All this is through the medium of sport.
Total South Africa is known for giving back to the communities they operate in, their focus as a company is to bring positive social change, “GASP brings sports to public schools. Through this, children are given a platform to showcase what they are capable of, and showcase their potential. Our schools have no coaches and sometimes even lack playgrounds, we as Total South Africa through the Move-It, Moving Matters programme are trying to help close that gap,” Says Ms Nyameka Makonya, Sustainable Development Manager at Total South Africa.