Bringing netball home

2016-09-27 06:00
Micaela Olckers, Mariam Mohamed and Fiona Langeveldt are at the helm of a new netball union in Beacon Valley.  PHOTO: Samantha lee

Micaela Olckers, Mariam Mohamed and Fiona Langeveldt are at the helm of a new netball union in Beacon Valley. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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Two Beacon Valley women are doing their bit to see sport develop in their community.

Last month, Micaela Olckers and Mariam Mohamed, both netball players, started a community league that will help players in the area develop skills closer to home.

“We thought about having our own union closer to home, because there are lots of children who have talent and they are [not progressing in the sport],” says Olckers.

They started the union in August and have already started drafting fixtures.

Olckers says their venture has been a great success so far.

The first league was held at the launch of the initiative on Thursday 4 August.

Olckers and Mohamed have already drafted their first 10 teams.

“The community makes up their own teams and then we selected teams to be part of the union,” says Olckers.

The teams are made up of residents from Eastridge, Beacon Valley and other areas.

Olckers says they have also secured Swartklip Indoor Sports Complex with the help of the City of Cape Town, which will be used as their home base for games.

The venture has now made the sport more accessible for those who can’t afford to travel outside of the area to compete.

“Travelling has always been a problem,” says ward 78 councillor Solomon Philander.

“There are few clubs in Mitchell’s Plain and for some time now there has been a transport problem. There are clubs in Beacon Valley, but they all need to travel to play quality netball,” says Philander.

The union leaders will now also receive training from the Western Cape Government to become coaches and umpires and will also receive sport and management training. “This will enable them to provide a better sport for our youngsters,” explains Philander.

The women will also apply to become a subforum of the Western Province union which will afford players the opportunity to trial for provincial teams.

Players are encouraged to form their own teams in their streets and blocks and then teams will be selected to play as part of the league.

V To become part of the league or for more information on the initiative, call Olckers on 083 454 9140 or Mohamed on 063 362 3943.

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