Appeal for home ground advantage

2016-04-12 06:00
The All Saints Football Club is in need of a proper training ground. The team has 20 members aged between 14 and 25 years.

The All Saints Football Club is in need of a proper training ground. The team has 20 members aged between 14 and 25 years.

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All Saints Football club in Plumstead are pleading for help from anyone who can assist them with a training ground.

The team with close to 20 members aged between 14 and 25 years was started last year January to give the youth in the area something to do. They have been part of a Christian league called Sedasa where they lost on goal difference last season.

Most team members are working, going to school or attending university. Despite a lack of ground to call their home, that hasn’t deterred them from practising and achieving their goals.

Meeting on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 18:30, they train at a park called Lady Michaelis on Boundary Road in Plumstead. However, with winter slowly creeping in, they are scared that they won’t have a place to train to achieve best results in the league – winter rains flood the grounds and they won’t be able to play. They venue also doesn’t have a fence and they lose balls all the time. Without flood lights they are forced to stop training early.

They have already approached their ward councillor and two schools around them for a training site, but have been turned away. Now they are putting out a call for help.

Alick Hendricks, founder of the team, says they have knocked on several doors for assistance, but nothing has come their way.

“It’s been difficult for us, but that has never killed our spirits. Though we operate without funds, I have even offered to pay a deposit in case something is damaged, but still we can’t secure a ground to train on. This is a desperate call for help. I don’t want to kill the spirit of the players because they are very dedicated and disciplined. They have given their best in spite of all the challenges,” he says.

Hendricks has no doubt that soccer is doing good in the lives of the team members.

“This has become their way of life. All they think about is going to practise. I’m proud of the team because of their discipline, commitment and passion. They don’t have time to loiter in the streets because they are busy with work and practice. I have seen what soccer can do for people and all I’m trying to do is give them a chance.”

Belinda Walker, Mayco member for community services and special projects, says the only formal sports ground within the area is the Plumstead sports ground. “There is a Municipal Facility Management Committee (MFMC) that is responsible for coordination of activities at the sports ground. An alternative is the Basil D’Oliviera sports ground, although there is an existing soccer club using it. Additional activities normally put the fields at risk of overuse and residents are encouraged to join existing clubs. The club can make contact with the representative of the MFMC regarding their request for use, although it cannot be guaranteed due to existing activities.”

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