Overcoming Obstacles through Sport
FIFA Case Study: Tshegofatso Kodisang
My name is Tshegofatso Kodisang, I am 13 years old and live in a township called Lenasia on the West Rand of Johannesburg. I live with my mother, grandmother, uncle and two cousins in a 2-bedroom house. I am very shy and don’t have a lot of friends but I have two best friends. I am at my happiest when I am with my friends and family. My mother is my role model because she works hard, loves me and cares for everyone around her even though we have very little.
A great day for me is going to the gym because it makes me feel fit and healthy. I love playing soccer, running and playing netball. I joined the Altus Sport programme through a friend to keep busy but I realized the programme was more than just keeping me physically active. We have a very high drug rate in our community and I want to change that one day when I become a doctor. Being in this programme has stopped me from not being peer pressured into drugs. I have learnt that sport is linked with life skills and the most important one to me is RESPECT – not just to others but myself aswell.
Coach Khetiwe said that “ she chose to do a case study on me because even though I am shy, I show a lot of enthusiasm and that I am very dedicated.” My mom also said that “she has seen a big change in my behaviour as I help out more around the house and I don’t wonder the streets like I used too.” That makes her very happy because she though I would start doing bad habits but soccer has changed me.
My least favourite part of the programme was when it ended – that made me sad because I just wanted to carry on playing soccer with my new family. I was so shy but now I can openly talk about my periods to my friends. We used to laugh at each other but we undestand now that being a woman in this world is a great privelage. We have rights and a strong voice now.
I have learnt a lot of new skills for my future and one that will stick with me is that “Overcoming obstacles is challenging but rewarding.”