SPORTS AND EDUCATION
The third programmatic component of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation is focused on other sports and the overall benefit that children and youth derive from being exposed to sporting activities.
The values of playing sport are universal – loyalty, leadership, teamwork, dedication and perseverance are all skills learned on the sports field that can help a child become a functional adult. Thus the Foundation seeks to give children access to sporting platforms where possible, to help them grow and develop. The Foundation also supports talented athletes who have limited funds, so that they are able to train and compete in their chosen sport.
Difference Made In Sports And Education
MONACO RUGBY EXCHANGE
The South Africa – Monaco Rugby Exchange is one of the flagship projects in this programme. The exchange, in partnership with the South African Rugby Legends Association, enables gifted young rugby players from Monaco and South Africa to visit and discover each other’s countries and culture, as well as play in an international tournament.
Thus far the Foundation has achieved the following in South Africa through its Sport and Education initiatives: 4 young female South African swimmers were awarded athletic scholarships; 22 swimmers represented the Foundation at the Midmar Mile open water swim; 237 swimmers participated in the Ballito swim squads/stroke groups; 85 athletes took part in the run/swim Biathlon; there were 17 participants in the Ballito Football Development Team; and 102 people were taught how to swim in the Foundation’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.
The Foundation has Project Managers who run Learn to Swim and WaterSafety programmes in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.