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).
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.
- 2017: We held an inter-school netball and soccer competition between the two township communities of Langa and Khayelitsha. We also held a 7-week long street sports tournament between three communities (Khayelitsha, Langa and Masiphumelele) that included soccer and cricket competitions.
- 2018: Was a year of growth for us and we were able to work with an additional community, expanding our reach even wider to young sports lovers. We held an inter-school competition between four communities (Langa, Khayelitsha, Steenberg and Constantia) featuring netball and soccer games.We held another successful 7-week long street sports tournament between three communities (Khayelitsha, Langa, and Masiphumelele) in which the children played soccer, cricket and netball. We were able to raise funds that contributed to the payment of 36 street cricket community coaches. We were also able to buy 50 colourful T-shirts for the coaches and 270 T-shirts for the children participating in the sports tournament.
- 2019: We have grown even more and are planning to host 2 inter-school netball and soccer competitions between four communities (Langa, Khayelitsha, Steenberg and Constantia). As always, we will also have our 7-week long street sports tournament between Khayelitsha, Langa and Masiphumelele, in which the children will compete in soccer, cricket and netball games.