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Sports and Education

“Sport has given me drive and discipline. It also taught me to remain humble.”

Princess Charlene of Monaco

The Foundation’s Sports and Education programme focuses on sports besides swimming and the overall benefit children and youth derive from being exposed to sporting activities.

We want to teach them how to enjoy the benefits of sport in a safe and controlled manner and show them the way to becoming great adults through strong sports values and solidarity.

The values of playing sport are universal – loyalty, leadership, teamwork, dedication, and perseverance. Thus, the Foundation seeks to give children access to sporting platforms to help them grow and develop.


Discovering the joy of swimming inspired Princess Charlene to dedicate 20 years of her life to training and realising her dream of becoming an Olympic swimmer. 

Training and competing in the water taught her the importance of discipline, respect for oneself and others, team spirit and dedication.

Most significantly, she saw how sport could not only change lives, as it did hers but also save lives.

Difference Made In Sports And Education

Our Sports and Education initiatives

Thus far, the Foundation has achieved the following in South Africa through our initiatives:

  • Supporting talented athletes who have limited funds so they can train and compete in their chosen sport
  • Awarding athletic scholarships to 4 young, female South African swimmers
  • The Monaco Rugby Exchange flagship project where gifted young rugby players from South Africa and Monaco visit and discover each other’s countries and culture and play in an international tournament (in partnership with the South African Rugby Legends Association)
  • 22 swimmers represented the Foundation at the Midmar Mile Open Water Swim 
  • 237 swimmers participated in the Ballito Swim Squads/Stroke groups 
  • 85 athletes took part in the Run/Swim Biathlon
  • 17 participants in the Ballito Football Development Team, and 
  • 102 people were taught how to swim in the Foundation’s World’s Largest Swimming Lesson.