We want to congratulate Grassroot Soccer coach Samke Mthombeni on her recent acceptance to Cape Peninsula University of Technology, where she will begin her tertiary education in February. The Mpilonhle/Grassroot Soccer team is sad to see Sam leave but excited for her new opportunities and adventures. We appreciate Sam’s dedication, thoughtful leadership, and friendliness, qualities that she has used to excel in the classroom, on the sport field, and as a peer educator. Recently, Sam helped deliver the Skillz HIV prevention curriculum to students the Mtuba Christian Academy for the first time.
Thanks Sam, and best wishes! Without further ado, here are a few words from Samke:
I cannot believe that my year at mpilonhle/grassrootsoccer has come to an end, but yeah as the saying goes all good things come to an end.
Being a peer educator was too awesome, every little thing which we did together with the kids and with my fellow coaches was a remarkable experience. I remember the first day at training in La coline, I felt so misplaced but as the day progressed I felt good and ncah! lol… The most terrifying day had to be the first day at our appointed school, I know the school is in my community and I am used to the children and all but I thought they were going to skin me alive, turned out I was wrong. The kids were warm, they were sincere and easy to communicate with but honestly not all of them. Some were my age and some thought they were so called thugs, they gave such a hard time. But all went well in the end, some work was done. ooh but the one interesting group of pupils were the ones from Mtuba Christian Academy, iyoh those kids proved that being a peer educator is no joke. That experience taught me so much and I made sure that from that experience I grow and enhance my skills of being a life coach. How could I ever forget the famous coaches meetings we had lol now that was some hectic verbal diarrhea moments, if it was the money, it was the kit, if it wasn’t the freebies it was any other thing we wanted to discuss in a very unique manner i must say… i will definitely miss the camps. From the fruits to the energizers to the world cup trips oh yes THE WORLD CUP! wonderful experiences.
in conclusion, as I set out to capetown for study purposes i shall take each and every moment that i had (good or bad), and treasure it because i became a better and much greater person as a skillz coach/peer educator/life…lol.. I would like to thank everyone from the mpilonhle staff to Bab TK, Mpume, Nathi, Tim, Khethiwe right to the whole grassrootsoccer team it has been ayoba indeed….. see you guys when i fly down..