They are some of the most talented little runners in the country, yet many can’t afford a pair of running shoes to chase their dreams. But with the help of a running legend who knows what can happen when others uplift you, as well as a running club that believes in developing and supporting young runners, a group of youngsters from Pretoria are slowly making their mark on the South African running scene.
Around 10 children from the Nedbank Running Club (NRC) development programme in Pretoria delivered top-notch performances at the recent South African championships held at the Pilditch Stadium in Pretoria, with many placed in the top-five positions over various distances ranging from 80 m to 1 500 m. ‘These children are a great example of the amazing young talent we have in South Africa,’ says Enoch Skosana, their coach and NRC development officer in Pretoria.
Nedbank collaborated with Enoch to form the Nedbank Skosana development programme, and through coaching clinics at different schools in the Pretoria region Enoch identifies talent. Enoch, a running legend who represented South Africa in cross-country and road running, is very passionate about uplifting these youngsters. ‘When I was young, I was given a chance and helped, so I now want to give back. I know what it can mean for someone’s life,’ says Enoch.
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