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Empowering Communities

Community Sports Development, Cape Town

By July 29, 2016 No Comments

In collaboration with our partners Sporting Chance, our Community Sports Development program aims to unite 250 boys and girls under the age of 15 from three disadvantaged communities to participate in street cricket, soccer, and netball tournaments (while employing 30 young men and women to manage these tournaments as community member facilitators from the 3 communities). This year the tournament starts on October 19th and will reach its conclusion with a grand final in Masiphumelele on November 30th.

 

Both The African Impact Foundation and Sporting Chance believe that sport plays a vital role in children’s lives, in terms of physical and social development. In addition, in disadvantaged communities, extra-curricular sport provides a positive and healthy outlet for young people’s energy, whilst developing their social skills and discipline. The low standard of living means that many children in Cape Town’s township areas do not have access to sport and may often be exposed to negative influences, such as drugs, alcohol, gangs and abuse.

In the upcoming year this project will be extended further by strengthening the impact with funding that can cover meals, more employment options for young adults from this community and increase the number of underprivileged communities we can host these tournaments in.

For the past three years, The African Impact Foundation have provided sponsorship for Sporting Chance’s Street Cricket Program, giving children an accessible extra curricular to engage in and to participate in sport in a safe after school environment. In addition, one interschool competition occurs per school term, to allow boys and girls of different grades to compete in the sport they have been learning at school.

 

Short Term: Too often in these communities, children are left unsupervised after school, before their parents or carers come home after work. The added value of positive role models and mentors found in the coaches, older children and community member facilitators reinforces the positive influence sport can have in a child’s life.

Long Term: Introducing sports to children from an early age will help to develop long term healthy habits and enhance their social skills and abilities. Sport helps to educate children about teamwork, discipline and time management, all valuable for success in education and other aspects of life. Furthermore, sport positively influences the children in growing up to become competent and confident citizens.

We can add that children from Khayelitsha have a ratio of 80% living in shacks and 20% living in brick homes. This means that there are limited open spaces for any team sports which includes cricket and soccer. The only roads that exists are heavily used by public transport busses and taxis ( minibuses) and children are not able to access these for free play. We should also mention the high unemployment rate which means that it creates an opportunity for employment through sports- facilitators from the local communities.

We have 250 children with a gender split of 4:1 of Boys and Girls participating in the programs. We have also provided 30 short-term employment opportunities for the community members in the community to help as coaches and umpires during the sport tournaments. This project is currently impacting 200 people in 3 different communities in Cape Town’s townships! The natural sports talent is in abundance, so professional scouts will attend the tournament, which will encourage self improvement and empowerment.

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