Fun and games at club launch

2016-05-03 06:00
A life-size chess board was one of the attractions at the at the event PHOTOS: samantha lee

A life-size chess board was one of the attractions at the at the event PHOTOS: samantha lee

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Woodlands now has its own recreation club as the community centre was officially relaunched on Wednesday.

The club was officially launched by the City of Cape Town’s Sport, Recreation and Amenities Department and is one of 55 recreation hubs in the city.

A variety of entertainment including board games, face painting, e-games, kiddies corner, skateboarding and indigenous games saw residents enjoying the launch.

The recreation club in Woodlands is one of eight recreation hubs in Mitchell’s Plain.

These will include the Nelson Mandela Family and Youth Centre, Swartklip Indoor Centre, Beacon Valley Community Centre, Eastridge Community Centre, Mandalay Hall, Weltevreden Valley Hall and Colorado Park Hall which will be officially launched later this year.

Daily programmes on offer at the Woodlands hub include health workshops, a seniors fitness club, taebo fitness club, after-school programmes, a rehab programme and a weekly walking club.

The department introduced its new recreation policy early last month and already sport and recreational centres are offering daily fun-filled programmes for all ages.

More than 80 staff members and millions of rands have been allocated by the department to provide recreation programmes that contribute to social cohesion and a healthy lifestyle among residents and communities.

The Sport and Recreation Programmes Policy, which was recently adopted by the City, ensures that programmes are offered in line with the needs and interests of the community.

Research indicates sustained involvement in sport and recreation programmes can help combat challenges in communities such as alcohol and drug abuse, crime and vandalism.

“Keeping residents active and engaged in their free time and providing a safe space for residents to socialise, are critical ingredients for real family and community cohesion and development.

“We would like to encourage communities to work together with the City and spread the word to inspire others within the community to attend these programmes and to help maintain and sustain our recreation centres,” said Mayco member for community services and special projects, Belinda Walker.

More than 12 000 residents of all ages participate weekly in recreation programmes at the City’s 55 recreation hubs.

Recreation hubs have planned recreational activities for at least five days a week and at least three hours per day.

Each hub has a dedicated team of play leaders involved in the delivery of recreation programmes aimed at getting communities mentally and physically active.

Recreation hubs focus on activities in the surrounding community and not just within the facility itself.

The event featured exhibitions by Disaster Risk Management, the local scouts and the Fire Department among others.

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