Street Sports Tournament is an annual seven-week event which unites 250 boys and girls under the age of 15, from Langa, Khayelitsha and Masiphumelele through soccer, cricket and netball.Practice is well underway and this year the final is being held in the township of Langa on November 15th.
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We believe that sport plays a vital role in children’s lives. In disadvantaged communities, sport provides a positive and healthy outlet for young people, 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.
Thank you for making this project possible for another year and for allowing us to inspire confidence and foster healthy habits.
On November 30, we concluded our annual seven seek Street Sports Tournament with the grand final in Masiphumelele. The best teams from each of the three communities competed in cricket, soccer and netball. This year was in particular special as we for the first time included netball in order to have more girls participating.
Your generous donations enabled hundreds of kids to play in a safe and exciting environment for every Friday for seven weeks, while being surrounded by supportive coaches and positive influences, which will help them develop healthy habits in the future. We would therefore like to thank our incredible donors and every at African Impact Foundation cannot wait for next year's Street Sports Tournament!
Next year we aim to improve the tournament even more by increase the number of coaches, attract more attendance, as well as further promoting a healthy lifestyle discussing aspects of health, lifestyle, nutrition and safety at various stands at the tournament. Such a booth could for instance offer sports equipment, health information, and physical tests, using the medium of sport and influence as a means to support our venture.
Cape Town sports this past quarter held a Derby Day, an interschool sports competition, representing four different communities. These communities include Constantia, Steenberg, Langa and Khayelitsha. This Derby Day was a hit! Last year only 44 students participated with two communities present where this year 100 kids participated representing 4 different communities - a 56 student participation increase!
We always love working with our partner, Sporting Chance, as without them none of this would be possible. Bradlyn from Sporting Chance made the comment, "it is a great way to get kids active and involved and I just love the work we do!".
A participant in the sporting competition commented, "I love to play netball because her and her friends don't fight when they play". This sporting competition really gives them the opportunity to practice in a safe, supportive environment with positive influences around them. Additionally, healthy snacks were also given to keep up their energy levels.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved and be on the lookout for an update and fundraising opportunities for the end of year rugby and soccer competition!
Cape Town Sports is excited and already preparing for the 2018 Tournament! We are off to fundraising for a new year and only eager to make this year even bigger and better!! But how?
We have decided to expand this tournament to one more school, making the total to 3 schools. This is expanding our impact signficantly and we cannot wait to see new faces joining our program. Additionally, we are going to be including stalls and health talks every week during the tournament. We realized that wellness and healthy living is crucial to integrate into the day for a holistic approach. Partcipants will have the opportunity to visit these stall and receive health talks about important wellness and nutrition topics.
We are continuing to fundraise for this 2018 sports tournament and cannot wait for the year to unfold to prepare to make this tournament even bigger and better! As always, your biggest impact is using your influence and sharing others about this life changing sport tournament experience for our students in Cape Town.
Over the last 8 weeks, the streets of Langa, Masiphumelele and Khayelitsha have been bustling with hundreds of children taking part in street cricket and street soccer tournaments – organised in partnership with our friends at Sporting Chance. The street sports programmes are designed to provide a fun and safe after school environment for nearly 500 children up to the age of 12 from several local communities in Cape Town, whilst encouraging healthy lifestyles and building teamwork skills amongst the participants. The Street Cricket programme itself forms part of Cricket South Africa’s development pipeline – and it’s thanks to our generous donors that some of these children may be scouted whilst taking part in the street adaptation of the famous sport.
8 year old from Langa even exclaimed her love for the program, “My favorite sport is cricket so I like watching my friends play. I want to play for South Africa when I am grown up and I can see the coaches help me get there”.
Things didn’t stop there, however! Just as schools closed for 2017, we welcomed approximately 520 children to Muizenburg beach where the cricket theme continued. The rivalries formed between teams from each respective community during the street sports programme remained evident despite the change of terrain, and led to a fantastic day of cricket on the beach for everyone involved.
Everyone at the African Impact Foundation would like to thank our incredible donors for making all of this possible – opening doors to sporting futures for so many children, whilst guaranteeing fun, safe, creative, and educational environments for all of the children in the run-up to the Christmas period. We all cannot wait for next year’s sports and could not do it again without your continued support!
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