Less time for crime in sports

2015-06-02 06:00
Riyaaz Thoman and Cody Maart from Lentegeur High School rush to defend their net as Ashley Cupido (right) from Perivale Primary School in Grassy Park goes for a goal.

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SAmantha Lee

Riyaaz Thoman and Cody Maart from Lentegeur High School rush to defend their net as Ashley Cupido (right) from Perivale Primary School in Grassy Park goes for a goal. PHOTOS: SAmantha Lee

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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 and which People’s Post also attended.

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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