William Davis

A graduate of the University of Port Elizabeth (now the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), William has always displayed a passion for both sport and business. He attributes his personal growth and understanding of fellow citizens to this fact. He believes that leadership, teamwork, motivation, discipline and friendship are at the heart of playing sport and being active. Having captained provincial cricket teams, William later trans- ferred his passion into coaching. He qualified as a UCBSA cricket coach and completed the National Sports Council Sports Leader programme. He launched an indoor cricket school in the Eastern Cape and was also an active member of the team involved in the start-up of the International Cricket Academy based at the University of Port Elizabeth. William has global experience within the sports services industry, having implemented a number of developmental initiatives throughout the United Kingdom. He spent just short of four years abroad, running programmes to encourage young people to live healthy and active lifestyles as well as turning good practice into common practice by creating pathways for educators and coaches through a structured knowledge management programme. William has worked across the developmental spectrum, from grass-roots level through to high-performance sport. He founded Sporting Opportunities, a national organisation that uses sport as a catalyst to inspire values-based leadership among young people of South Africa. Sporting Opportunities brings young people together from different backgrounds, to share their sporting abilities and to learn from one another, building bridges between people on a community level and breaking down barriers and negative stereotypes. A powerful platform is created to positively influence young people regarding the "real- life impacts� facing them today as well as addressing priority areas such as moral regeneration and social cohesion. William's vision is to produce a new generation of healthy, innovative, values-based and responsible young community leaders ensuring a sustainable future for Africa.

Lunch spot: Espresso, Parkhurst