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Introduction to MACSTEEL Maestros

The MACSTEEL Maestro’s Programme provides an environment wherein young, talented, financially disadvantaged athletes receive guidance towards reaching their greatest potential. The programme gives its athletes the experience of what is required of world-class athletes while focussing their attention on aspects of their physical development and personal growth. A longer-term goal is to turn the athletes on the programme into world-class athletes able to compete and excel at the highest levels, whilst coping with the rigours of such a lifestyle.

MACSTEEL Maestros is an outreach programme of Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) based at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands, Cape Town. The programme aims to build good working relationships with the country’s recognised sports bodies, such as the Sports Commission of South Africa, the National Olympic Committee of South Africa (NOCSA) and the United Schools Sports Association of south Africa (USSASA).

Criteria for Acceptance of Athletes onto the Maestro’s Programme

Athletes need to be nominated and motivated by the recognised National or Provincial Federation / Association of their respective sport. The nomination needs to be submitted to the Board in writing, along with the athlete's Personal Motivation (Attachment iii) for wanting to be selected for the programme, and a completed Personal Profile (Attachment ii) of the athlete that includes relevant certificates, documentation and testimonials.

Once nominated, the athlete’s application is evaluated / assessed in terms of:

i. The athlete’s financial position

ii. The athlete’s record of achievement

iii. The particulars of the athlete’s specific sport / discipline (e.g. existing representation on the programme; financial opportunities available in the athlete’s sport; potential of meeting personal goals in their sport).

Athletes must be a minimum of 14 years of age when joining the programme. In order to address the imbalances of the past, the programme adheres to the Affirmative Action guidelines as recommended by the National Sports Council, i.e. at least 60% of the contracted athletes will be from previously disadvantaged communities. The Board reserves the right to accept athletes based on criteria other than those above. Upon acceptance, the athlete will be asked to sign a legally binding contract that sets out the conditions of the programme.

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