Action time to fight crime

2015-06-09 06:01

Seven police stations and 28 sports teams came together in a sports tournament aimed at combating crime.

NGO Sport Against Crime and the Mitchell’s Plain police cluster held a seven-a-side netball and soccer tournament on Saturday in which about 300 children participated.

The event, held at Rocklands High School, brought children from all over the area together to interact and play sport.

The initiative is aimed at channelling youngsters’ energy into healthy activities to keep them away from gang influences, officials say. The Steenberg, Grassy Park, Mitchell’s Plain, Lentegeur, Lansdowne, Athlone and Philippi police stations were each responsible for two u.14 soccer teams and two u.14 netball teams that competed in matches lasting 10 minutes each.

Vincent Daniels, president of Sport Against Crime, says he hopes to take the project to many more areas affected by crime and will continue to work with the teams made up of primary school children from the respective policing areas.

Saturday’s tournament was considered a success as parents and siblings also came out to support the children in their matches

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