Curro Holdings is proud to announce the appointment of Eric Simons as coaching consultant to upskill the Curro group of schools’ cricket coaches. This partnership ties in with Curro’s vision to uplift sport within the group, and sees Simons set to create developmental pathways, coaching progressions and training drills to further develop coaches.
Simons is well known in the cricketing community, both locally and abroad. After having made a name for himself as an all-rounder at Western Province, Simons went on to play 23 One Day Internationals for South Africa. When his career as a player ended, he rose up the ranks as a coach; first at Western Province and then as head coach for the Proteas for two years, starting in 2002. Simons is also a regular on the Indian subcontinent, where he joined the Indian Cricket Team as bowling consultant in 2010.
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Tshimollo Modupe, a Grade 4 learner at Curro Academy Wilgeheuwel, just won the Best Child Performance award at the International Film Festival for her role in local film Losing Lerato.
Funded and produced by former Scandal actor (and Tshimollo’s father), Kagiso Modupe – who also won best actor for his role – the film scooped a total of six awards at the international event:
- Best Actor Feature: Kagiso Modupe
- Best Actress Feature: Samela Tyelbooi
- Best Child Performance: Tshimollo Modupe
- Golden Era Humanitarian Narrative Award: Losing Lerato
- Best Original Score
- Festival Favourite
Curro Delft, a school situated in the Delft community, had reason to celebrate on 9 October when learners at the school became recipients to 15 new mountain bikes, compliments of Cycle2Ride.
Cycle2Ride, an initiative supported by the JSE-listed independent education provider Curro Holdings, was started by founding members Jaco Kotze and Izak Coetzee. The aim of the initiative is to promote cycling as a medium for family cohesion, relaxation, fun, and a possible career choice for those truly interested in becoming professional athletes.
The motivation behind the handover at Curro Delft was to introduce various learners to the sport of cycling. Oli Munnik, a representative at Signal Bike and also a Cycle2Ride coach, addressed Curro Delft learners on the day by sharing his own experiences as a pro-cyclist, detailing how cycling has enabled him to see the world. Lorenzo le Roux, local cycling star and winner of the Exxaro category at the 2019 Wines2Whales competition, also shared his success story. Lorenzo’s win at this particular race saw him being awarded a full education scholarship (from grades 1 to 12) for his twin daughters at a Curro school of his choice. His girls started their schooling career at Curro Century City in January this year.
Alongside the handover of the mountain bikes, Cycle2Ride will provide coaching to support the Curro Delft learners on their cycling development journey. “Our aim is to provide learners with an opportunity to learn to cycle, and to support those with further aspirations in cycling to achieve their goals. To some, learning to cycle represents a breakthrough in self-belief, providing the confidence to face larger challenges in life, and ultimately offering a platform to aid in setting goals and achieving personal success,” says Jaco Kotze, co-founder of Cycle2Ride.
Curro’s support of the Cycle2Ride initiative brings the benefits of cycling to the doorstep of eager young talent in communities, traditionally excluded from participation. Curro not only supports the development of communities through education and mentorship, but also by providing access to new exciting opportunities, such as mountain biking.
Lights, camera, action, record!
Learners from Curro schools across the country recorded their own, original monologues as part of the #Straight2Camera Monologue Festival during the initial hard-lockdown period of the Covid-19 pandemic. Watch our pre-recorded virtual awards ceremony where our actors are recognized and celebrated their creative initiatives.
Hosted by three Curro Create learners, with special guest stars Crystal Donna Roberts, Gideon Lombard, Sanda Shandu and Milan Murray, we hand out 15 trophies hand-crafted by world renowned ceramicist Hennie Meyer.