We envision a South Africa where every student matriculates, secures employment, and has a chance to better their families and communities.


The Problem

SOHK SA was established to address what President Cyril Ramaphosa has described as ‘South Africa's biggest problem’, high youth unemployment. In the first quarter of 2018, 32% of South Africa’s 10.3 million youths aged 15-24 were classified as Not in Employment, Education or Training (‘NEET’). Worse still, 56% of the approximately one million young people entering the job market each year do not graduate from high school, giving them little hope of employment and leaving them vulnerable to a loss of dignity and succumbing to social ills (Stats SA 2018).

The Solution

For adults we deliver short courses that build life and employability skills such as goal-setting, anger and fear management, CV-writing and interview preparation through rugby. This structure comes together with the ultimate aim of enabling participants to find employment and realise their potential.

For school children we use an in-depth intervention for those at risk of exclusion from mainstream education, offering weekly rugby coaching and mentoring.   Our whole philosophy is to develop learners inner resources so that learners grow in their ability to self assess, manage their emotions, and make better choices when it comes to education, risky behaviour and their career paths. Support is offered for up to three years to improve behaviour, attendance and attainment.


Scott Sloan started SOHK South Africa in Cape Town in mid-2016, with a grant from the Atlas Foundation. The founding Directors comprised Scott, Ken and Jack (from the UK charity). SOHK SA was granted NPC status in February 2017, with a majority of the senior leadership team at this stage from South Africa. In May 2018 SOHK was granted PBO tax exempt status. In October 2018 SOHK received it’s first grant from the Swedish Postcode Foundation, with secured funding until December 2020.

The team


Scott Sloan, Director


After gaining his MSc in International Development Management, Scott worked for social enterprise Alive and Kicking in Zambia, before moving into business incubation and venture capital with The Awethu Project in Johannesburg where he managed multiple start-ups. On moving to Cape Town in 2014 he lead the Siyayijika Project a R1m business competition delivered in the Cape Flats. He founded School of Hard Knocks SA in 2016 while working for Laureus Sport for Good project CoolPlay, a NGO delivering social and emotional learning outcomes to 1200 children across Cape Town.


Kelly Vadukar, Schools Manager

Kelly joins the SOHK with 10 years of  experience in higher education from lecturing, to curriculum design and accreditation for the US, UK, Australian education systems.  Most recently she is instrumental to the successful international expansion of the largest EFL teacher training provider in Europe, North America, Australasia and Africa. Kelly has been committed to delivering student centred learning programs for a range of learners.   


Lionel Farao, Coach

Lionel has multiple years experience working with youth in Cape Town from the age of 17 to 25 years.

Firstly at the Chrysalis Academy and then at The Goodsport Trust, an NGO working in schools delivering physical education with a focus on developing motor skills and overall physical abilities.

Before arriving at SOHK, he was at the Athletes Development Centre, home to many different sporting codes such as WP Rugby Academy, Ubuntu Football Club andInternational Tennis Academy.


Unesu Chikwava, Counsellor

Unesu has a deep passion for working with and assisting people in distress including children. He possess a Degree in Social Work from University of Zimbabwe as well as a certificate in HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling. In addition, he has worked for a number of years counselling children across Sub Saharan Africa and moved to Cape Town in 2018.