Young communities unite with soccer

2015-09-01 06:00
Norway Parks (back) and Ruiterwacht u.7 teams celebrate participating in the community soccer development initiative in Pinelands recently.

Norway Parks (back) and Ruiterwacht u.7 teams celebrate participating in the community soccer development initiative in Pinelands recently.

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Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L) recently held a soccer development programme in Pinelands.

PS4L is a non-profit company operating in the Kensington, Factreton and Maitland areas and was established to provide opportunities for children and adults to participate in sport, and in so doing, help them become healthier, more responsible citizens in their communities.

The purpose of the soccer development initiative is to unite communities through sport as well as get children off the streets by occupying their time and getting them involved with something they enjoy. The age groups range from u.7 to u.11, with A and B sides. This allows all the players to get an equal amount of playing time and a chance to show off their skills on the field, which was appreciated by all involved.

“I think it’s a really great initiative,” said Ghadija Ismail, a regular supporter of the event.

“I love the setup of all age groups playing at the same venue as it saves me having to go to two different fields to watch my boys, who play u.9 and u.11 respectively. I support Saxon Rovers because both my sons play there, but I can strike up conversations with parents from other clubs because PS4L has created a close, family-like soccer community.”

Ismail says she has noticed a significant improvement in her sons’ behaviour with their participation in the programme.

“Come rain or shine they are always ready to come and play.”

Those involved feel that PS4L gives the children in the local communities an opportunity to develop more than just soccer skills, allowing them to grow as individuals and brings them together no matter what their age.

PS4L runs similar events every Saturday morning between 09:00 and 12:00 at various sports grounds across Cape Town.


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