‘Amazing’ learners play holiday sports

2017-04-11 06:00
Learners participated in an Easter school holiday programme held at Kensington sport field last week.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

Learners participated in an Easter school holiday programme held at Kensington sport field last week.PHOTO: Nomzamo yuku

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Kensington children are having a busy holiday as they have been equipped with sport skills during training held at Kensington sport field.

More than 300 learners from various schools participated in Play Sport4Life’s Easter holiday programme organised by local sports lover and businessman Miles October. The aim of the programme is to promote an active lifestyle among schoolchildren while on holiday and is a means to counter the rise of gangsterism and drugs among the disadvantaged.

Ozrick Berystedt, one of the participants, says he is happy to be part of the programme as it has taught him about himself. He says at first he wanted to play soccer but after the cricket training he has received in the Easter holiday programme he realised his love for cricket.

“I would love to continue playing cricket and maybe get a chance to play for the Cape Cobras when I am older,” he says.

The programme took place last week from Monday to Friday. It catered for learners between the ages of four and 14 and included coaching in cricket, netball, soccer and rugby and life skills.

October says about the Easter programme: “The kids are excited to take part in the various activities that the coaches have worked out for them to do. They are really eager to learn new techniques and have lots of fun at the same time.

“We had coaching support from the JP21 Foundation and Kensington Cricket Club. Test Learning Centre and [the provincial education department’s] Safe Schools collaborated with us and were responsible for the life skills part of the day.”

He further explains that he has received “quite a few requests from people in other communities to come and assist them. Our response has always been that we are willing to assist where we can to help people make a difference in their own communities. We can assist by sharing our expertise and know-how and could provide them with some equipment to kickstart their project.

“We have so many problems in our communities around the city and if more and more people take a proactive approach to dealing with them we will be able to make inroads to improving the situation on a broader scale.”

Play Sport4Life partnered with the JP21 Project, which was founded by current Proteas star, JP Duminy, to teach cricket skills.

Amien Kader of JP21 says it was amazing to see learners showing interest and fully cooperating during the coaching session.

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