“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

As a Co-Care leadership team we have become aware of the intense impact sport has on the lives of young people. And since sport is such an intense and passionate part of many young people’s lives we thought it might be a good connecting point to inspire them to live deeper and meaningful lives from a young age.

We could not plan this, but God opened the door for us to serve with the Midlands Rugby Academy in 2019 primarily on a spiritual and emotional level. About sixty school leavers are at the academy. They come from all over the country, from different backgrounds, different religions, different life challenges.

Through the gracious commitment of JP (Coach & Manager of the Academy) we have the opportunity to pro-actively implement a plug-in program within the academy schedule to instil good morals, ethical values, spiritual truths and character development in the students.

This is a one-of-a-kind program like never seen before that has shown and will still be shown as the key success of great sportsmanship. It is our aim not only to see the academy produce good rugby players, but good young men filled with integrity and devoted to the greatest man that ever lived, Jesus Christ.

Theo Van Tonder

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