POSTED: March 27th 2010

Holmes thrilled by Future Champs commitment to South African youngsters

New fans in South Africa for Kelly Holmes / Carl Fourie GettyImages-Laureus
New fans in South Africa for Kelly Holmes / Carl Fourie GettyImages-Laureus

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

CAPE TOWN: British Olympic gold medallist Kelly Holmes has teamed up with South African rugby legend Morné du Plessis to applaud and encourage the work of the Future Champs Youth Programme in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

Du Plessis, chairman of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation South Africa, guided Holmes, a former Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year, around the project in the township east of the city.

Cape Town will be back at the heart of world sport in June and July during football's World Cup finals and is one of the centres in which Laureus is working to enhance sporting opportunities and positive life skills for local youngsters.

Holmes said: “It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm these girls and boys have for sport – and to see a project such as thus which proves that sport can be the catalyst to help change young people's lives. This is an important time for sport in South Africa and it is right that Laureus is able to use sport to make a difference in such disadvantaged areas.”

Future Champs was established in Khayelitsha in January 2007. Youngsters between the ages of 11 to 21 are encouraged, through their schools, to take part in the programme, which runs twice-weekly sessions throughout the year.

Du Plessis said: “We are delighted Kelly was able to join us in Khayelitsha. As one of the greatest sportswomen, we really valued the great input and advice she offered.”

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