Police pick up the ball in match against crime

2015-06-02 06:00
Seven police stations in Mitchell’s Plain launched a sports tournament in the Lentegeur police station boardroom on Tuesday last week. All stations will have four teams competing in the soccer and netball tournament on Saturday. 

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Samantha

Seven police stations in Mitchell’s Plain launched a sports tournament in the Lentegeur police station boardroom on Tuesday last week. All stations will have four teams competing in the soccer and netball tournament on Saturday. PHOTO: Samantha

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Seven police stations and 28 sports teams will participate in a tournament aimed at combating crime.

NGO Sport Against Crime and the Mitchell’s Plain police are holding a seven-a-side netball and soccer tournament on Saturday. About 300 children will participate.

Steenberg, Grassy Park, Mitchell’s Plain, Lentegeur, Lansdowne, Athlone and Philippi police stations will make up two u.14 soccer teams and two u.14 netball teams each.

Strandfontein will not be participating.

Matches will last 10 minutes without changing sides.

Cluster commander Major-General Abraham Goss says this is about more than just building relationships.

“Yes, we are giving the children an opportunity to play against children from other areas but it is also to keep them busy and channel their energy in the right direction. We want them to get involved in sport rather than a life of crime,” he says.

Sport Against Crime president Vincent Daniels says he has a team dedicated to finding the areas worst affected by gangsterism and crime.

“We send people out to find the most dangerous areas and then we partner with police to come up with a solution. We notice that the children are left to their own devices and are being used by the drug dealers to do their dirty work,” he says. “These children come from a disadvantaged background and are easy targets.”

Daniels says he approaches police cluster commanders and asks for their support before moving forward. The organisation is a registered non-governmental organisation and was started 28 years ago.

His plan is to extend the children’s expertise in the sport as they grow.

“There is lots of talent in Cape Town. We want to bring teams from all over the world to share their knowledge and play against the cluster teams in friendly matches,” he says.

Goss says the tournament is also about gaining the confidence of the youngsters.

“With the recent case of child molestation going to court we need to train the children to talk.

“They must know that it is okay to come and report crime to the police,” he says. He believes the police’s involvement will proof that they support the community.

Daniels encourages residents to get involved with the organisation. For more information call him on 082 865 1144.

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The tournament will be held at Rocklands High School in Eisleben Road, Mitchell’s Plain from 10:00 to 15:00

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