In order to celebrate the partnership of the Sunningdale Sports Club community and the SPICE4LIFE Youth Academy, the Sunningdale Sports Club hosted a Mandela Day event.

The under 10 and under 11 players of both soccer teams engaged in two friendly matches that showcased the skill and dedication of each young player. This coming together across socio-economic barriers ended in a celebratory event that awarded goal-keeper from the Youth Academy with Sportsman of the match and many other generous donations from the Sunningdale community.

Sport and physical education is fundamental to the early development of children and youth and the skills learned during play, physical education and sport, contribute to the holistic development of young people. The value of sport in bringing together diverse people for a common purpose is one of the important aspects of the SPICE4LIFE Youth Academy as a non-profit organisation. Sports education not only teaches young people how to maintain their physical stamina, but also the habit of adherence to rules, discipline, the determination to win, teamwork, fair play, will power and other key values. Changes can be seen in motor skills development and performance as well as educational potential. This shows the positive relationship between being involved in physical activities and psychosocial development. Therefore, sports education along with the academics result in the mental, moral and physical development of the students. Physical activity is vital to the holistic development of children, fostering their physical, social and emotional health. The benefits of sport reach beyond the impact on physical well-being and the value of the educational benefits of sport should not be under-estimated. It also provides a forum for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing. These learning aspects highlight the impact of physical education and sport on a child’s social and moral development in addition to physical skills and abilities. This lesson is also emphasised through the Youth Academy’s motto: “Win or lose, I will always do my best”.