Launched in 2018, The Hood sought to include children from the Salt River neighbourhood we are proud to call home.
Through this programme we engage with children, aged 6 to 17 years, on a weekly basis, teaching various circus disciplines in a novel, safe and fun environment – at the Zip Zap Academy right on their doorsteps! The programme aims to develop physical skills, improved self-esteem and self-confidence, and to teach the value of teamwork. It allows children to have fun and to meet other children from the neighbourhood, forge new friendships, and create a sense of kinship and belonging. Parents also welcome the opportunity for their children to attend a free after-school activity that removes them from the day-to-day dangers prevalent in the area. The much-anticipated Show & Tell event at the end of each year showcases previously hidden talents and greatly enhanced confidence.
A Shining Star
Thea Haywood is 15 years old. She first joined Zip Zap in 2015, when she was just 10 years old. At the time her mother worked at the Cape Town Multi Service Centre and she saw the great progress that other Zip Zappers, Trompie and Remember, were making so she Enrolled Thea into the beginner classes.
She re-joined Zip Zap in 2018 again and absolutely loves it. She enjoys the mini-trampoline and the fact that everyone is super-friendly.
Personally, Thea dreams of the world becoming a safer place, of a greener environment and of more facilities like Zip Zap all over.
“I don’t know what I would do without Zip Zap because I have learned so much and it keeps me busy in a positive way. My dream is to join the Zip Zap professional team and to perform with them locally and abroad.”
– Thea Haywood