Players tackle issues

2017-09-13 06:02
The Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Tournament on Saturday (09/09) was hosted by Hope in SA and forms part of its school curriculum programmes.Photos: Boipelo Mere

The Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Tournament on Saturday (09/09) was hosted by Hope in SA and forms part of its school curriculum programmes.Photos: Boipelo Mere

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Players of the Sol Plaatje Local Football Association (SPLFA) have been given a performance boost through yet another tournament that was added to their calendar.

The boost was given through the Hope in SA programme, which came on board by partnering with the local league.

The tournament, dubbed the Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Tournament, was played on Saturday (09/09) and forms part of Hope in SA’s school curriculum programmes.

At least eight u.19 SPLFA teams participated on the Galeshewe artificial soccer pitch in an effort to create awareness about FAS among members of the community.

According to the side co-ordinator of Hope in SA, Thuso Jones, they have also partnered with the Department of Transport in the initiative to create HIV/AIDS awareness in schools and the community at large.

He elaborated that they concentrated on the u.19 teams, since they are responsible enough to become ambassadors and make the choices of participating in HIV/AIDS testing.

The event also saw stalls being put up inside the stadium as information channels for HIV counselling and testing (HCT) and tuberculosis (TB) screening.

Hope in SA also catered for the day and sponsored soccer balls for the participating teams.

The SPLFA head of development, Thabo Namisa, expressed his excitement regarding the partnership, as it increase their activities and their programmes.

“These are the types of activities that we need to keep our children off the streets, especially on weekends and over the holidays,” he said.

He invited more organisations to come on board and partner in programmes to keep the children active.

According to Namisa, this was the second year the tournament was held and the players’ standards have already improved.

“Our goal is to improve this partnership as much as possible, as it also boosts the performance of the players.

“It also makes it easier for us to choose our elite teams,” Namisa said.

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