15 promising athletes from disadvantaged backgrounds will now have the opportunity to better their athletic abilities, thanks to the Stellenbosch Athletics Bursary Programme.
The programme, initiated by the Athletics Foundation (AFT), will be launched in 2022 and it will give 15 talented athletes from grades 8 to 10 the chance to kick-start their careers as professional athletes and fund their high school education. Endurocad and Stellenbosch High School are the two partners involved in this programme.
The Athletics Foundation Trust announces the launch of its Stellenbosch Athletics Bursary Programme in partnership with Endurocad & Stellenbosch High School. The programme will kick off in 2022 with the immediate goal to identify 15 talented athletes
— Endurocad (@Endurocad) September 13, 2021
According to IOL, AFT national programme manager, Rose Juby said that young athletes will achieve a comprehensive education by attending Stellenbosch High School where they will also be trained by world-class coaches from the area.
AFT’s sponsorship of bursaries for TuksSport High School was deemed as successful as South Africans from this specific programme excelled at the recent World Under 20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.
Meanwhile, Principal of Stellenbosch High School, Theo Pellissier, added that his school is well positioned for this programme as it will also boost its necessary facility.
- Athletes (Grades 8 to 10 in 2022) from the greater Western Cape, Northern Cape, Southern Cape and Free State
- Schooling will be conducted in Afrikaans which is the medium of instruction at Stellenbosch High School.
- Middle distance
- Pole vault
- Race walking
- School fees
- Books and stationery
- School uniform
- Accommodation costs
- Athletics coaching
- Sport psychology
- Sport nutrition
- Sports science testing
However, the bursaries are awarded depending on the learner’s household income – full, partial and sports bursaries. Applicants who are serious about applying for the programme can apply here.