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As a Team of Youth Sport Development Practitioners, we specialize in designing programmes to help reach specific outcomes through sport, recreation, career guidance, youth mentorship and activation programming. We can assist your organization to accomplish youth development goals.

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About Us

“We, the Youth at the 1st African Youth Forum which took place on Robben Island from 15-19 September 2018, from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi and Namibia, as a united voice, have noticed social problems and economic difficulties in our communities which include, substance abuse, gangsterism, teenage pregnancy, mortality, social inequalities, and violence. 

In the spirit of the Olympic Values of Respect, Friendship, Excellence, Balance of Body, Will and Mind and Fair Play – we declare to create a platform that uplifts youth, and that carries the voice of the youth in Africa for Sport, Development and Peace so that we have a space to be heard, a space to share opportunities, and a space to mentor each other for a brighter future, for all.”

1st African Youth Forum
15-19 September 2018 – South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi and Namibia

About us


We provide specialist programming services and a space for youth to gain experience and have a voice through youth mentoring and training services in Sport, Development, and Peace. We use a variety of approaches which include the use of sport as a vehicle to deliver the necessary life-skills, career development skills, and soft-skills required for youth success. We also welcome collaborations, sport and recreation event management, and project organization.


  • To understand, advocate and promote sport and Universal and Olympic values as tools for development, social change, and peace among youth and young adults, at the community level and at society at large;
  • To create and strengthen networks and develop partnerships to improve cooperation, capacity building, and implementation;
  • To facilitate the transfer of related knowledge, skills, and resources in youth development, career development, sports skills development, and other relevant fields;
  • To facilitate public and institutional awareness, personal development, education, and training in support of sport as a tool for development, social change, and peace and of Universal and Olympic values.


  • We always encouraging inclusive participation and celebrating diversity across cultures, race groups, sexual orientation, age, gender identity and creed
  • We utilize a multi-disciplinarity in conjunction with tools and approaches of Sport, Development and Peace;
  • We are for of the community and for the community, reaching out to Youth in both local and global areas through SDP programming, and other online media tools for increased exposure (social media, online conferences and discussions)
  • We are accountable, transparent, inclusive and participatory in our decision-making practices;
  • We adopt a human-centered approach in SDP research, teaching, training, and outreach;
  • We uphold the Universal and Olympic values of friendship, joy of effort, fair play, respect, excellence and balance of body, spirit, will and mind as well as interdependence, sharing, love, tolerance, equality amongst others.

YNSDP Executive Committee
Youth Sport Leaders

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2014

My best memory:
My favourite memory was on Robben Island in 2018, when we had the opportunity to lead the 1st African Youth Forum on a journey including sport, art and heritage. From this experience, the Youth Network for Sport, Development and Peace was borne and this was made possible through teamwork and collaboration of community leaders and practitioners.

My message: Onwards and upwards. Never give up because perseverance is the key to success. 

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2015

My best memory:Being a founder of the Youth Network for Sport, Development and Peace on Robben Island, during the 1st African Youth Forum in 2018. Having the opportunity to contribute to the development of youth and being a ChangeMaker through sport and development is absolutely fulfilling! 

My message:“Shine your Rae” – let your light of originality brighten the way for people to do the same. Be who you are, unapologetically.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2018

My best memory: When I finished editing the video at the Youth Network Headquarters and seeing the reaction of the Youth Leaders, especially considering that we had just wrapped up the conference and the 1st African Youth Forum on Robben Island. 

My message: Dont be afraid of the struggles and challenges that you come across while working towards your goals, as it only makes that end goal that much. more rewarding.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2017

My best memory:
My favourite memory was being a youth facilitator at the 1st African Youth Forum of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC), which took place at Robben Island. During this time, we were fortunate enough to lead 60 youth from 6 different African countries. From this, the Youth Network for Sport Development and Peace was established.

My message: Everything happens for a reason. Be true to yourself and always strive to do your best.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2018 

My best memory: My favorite memory is of the youth writing up their own version of a declaration for the YNSDP. The energy in the room was that of young people diving deep into their own understanding of the Olympic Values, what these values mean to them and how they could now curate a simplified version in the form of this declaration, that could touch the lives of other young people. 

My message: Always be your true, authentic self. Work hard, be respectful, meet life’s challenges and soar like the great human being you were born to be.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2016

My best memory: Happens every year, when I am able to engage with my fellow Foundation coordinators, youth leaders and youth groups. We all strive towards a common goal – that being, to create Peace and Development through Sport. We create a sense of belonging amongst all the participants irrespective of their backgrounds. It’s a time where we are able to connect with one another through Sport. 

My message: This sense of belonging that we create can be perfectly defined as: UBUNTU. I am, because we are. That, I believe, is the true meaning of life.

Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2015

My best memory: My best memory is linked with my favorite heritage site. The district 6 museum is full of information and the tour is given by a member of the community, whom lived through the tough past and now provides detailed stories and recollections of district 6. Watching youth, especially youth whom derive from the same ethnic group and their facial expressions is always a special moment to me. 

My message: No matter where you come from, you are in the driver’s seat, in charge of your own future. Don’t let anyone stop you from being the best you.