Soccer tourney for young people

2015-07-23 06:00
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Sinethemba Gwala (left, Changing Lives chairperson) and Manqoba Shange from Youth for Christ with some of the trophies that will be won in the Msunduzi Youth Soccer Tournament next month.

PHOTO: supplied Sinethemba Gwala (left, Changing Lives chairperson) and Manqoba Shange from Youth for Christ with some of the trophies that will be won in the Msunduzi Youth Soccer Tournament next month.

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ON a mission to unite young people through soccer, Changing Lives, a non-profit organisation from KwaMpumuza, will host a soccer­ tournament for all wards under the Msunduzi Municipality.

The tournament, scheduled for September, is an initiative between National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and Youth for Christ (YFC) in KwaDambuza Youth Centre.

Msunduzi youth soccer tournament organiser and chairperson of Changing Lives, Sinethemba Gwala, said registration for the tournament started last week.

“As a youth NPO focusing on education and training, health, economic participation, safety and security, justice, arts and culture, we saw that the issue of social ills is rife among young people because there is nothing to keep them busy.

“We did some research and found that many young people are interested in sport, but there are not enough platforms where they engage in sport.

“Since this is a problem affecting young people, you find that councillors are aware of such programmes, but cannot champion them as young people would.

“Through the tournament we want to unite young people through soccer, and at the same time encourage healthy living and a clean life.”

Gwala said the purpose is to also raise funds for soccer teams from disadvantaged areas­ to enable them to get a proper soccer kit.

The tournament will take place at Sweetwaters Stadium. Registration for each team is R500. The winner will get R4 000, soccer jerseys, five soccer balls, bags, 15 soccer bibs, water containers and 15 gold medals and a trophy. Registration­ forms are available at the NYDA offices at 252 Church Street opposite the Tatham­ Art Gallery.

For more information, contact Gwala on 074 036 1712 or like their Facebook page Changing Lives-NPO

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