Twenty-four-year-old high school science teacher and sports coach Arnold Maudi is involved in ensuring township schools integrate sports as a culture in the township of Mamelodi, northeast of Pretoria. He is currently serving as chairperson of the Mamelodi High school sports committee, a body that deals with promoting and facilitating participation in sports amongst the youth at school level. The driving force behind his work is his confidence in the many extraordinary and talented youth in townships who lack the resources, support and exposure they need to improve their livelihoods.
Maudi is heavily involved in promoting and facilitating participation in sports amongst the youth at school level as an attempt to popularise sports over drugs and alcohol. He takes his involvement in facilitating high school games and organising relevant logistics that will ensure inclusion of Mamelodi schools into regional and provincial championship games, very seriously.
A member of the Global Shapers Tshwane Hub group which advocates for promoting the United Nations Social Development Goal, community engagement and youth empowerment.
One of the hub projects he is part of is the annual project called FinLit, which offers financial literacy to youngsters in grade 8 and 9, as well as entrepreneurship skills.
“Sports was slowly dying out and it was mainly due to lack of funds. Being voted regional chairperson of high school sports in 2019 was a highlight in my career because it allowed me to ensure that 18 high schools in Mamelodi got involved in athletics, soccer, netball and volleyball which hadn’t happened in more than five years,” he says. —Welcome Lishivha