Lack of fields don’t stop these players

2016-11-15 06:00
The soccer team with sports coach Gasant Galant and principal Sheryl Muller. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

The soccer team with sports coach Gasant Galant and principal Sheryl Muller. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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Despite a lack of resources, a local school is taking home accolades in sport.

The Beacon School for Learners with Special Education Needs (LSEN) has been developing various sport codes at the school.

And with two major tournament wins in the last year, the school’s soccer team is reaching for the stars and picking up trophies along the way.

Sports coach and sports committee chairperson Gasant Galant has been developing sport at the school for the past six years. He has seen several teams, including the soccer team, excel.

The soccer team won the Western Cape Intellectually Impaired Champ of Champs title this year. It has won the league for the last two years.

The team is made up of a mixture of learners from different grades and ages.

Galant says the boys played three matches to take home the win.

But their success has not been without difficulty.

“We are really struggling to get support from the community for the children,” says Galant.

He says the boys have nowhere to practise. This is not unique to the soccer team but is a problem for all sports teams at the school.

“We need to look around for tracks and fields for the children to practise and I am always getting a ‘no’,” he says,

But somehow they managed to not only excel at soccer, but also get some of the school’s cricket players selected for the Western Province team. They have seen their track and field athletes taking home medals too.

Galant says they are in need of help to continue to produce star athletes.

“We really need sports equipment and things like five-a-side soccer poles so that we can let the boys practise even with the small field that we have,” he says.

But despite the challenges, Galant and the other staff members remain positive and say they will continue to develop sports at the school.

The school promotes chess, netball, cricket, soccer, table tennis, hocker and athletics.

V To donate equipment or offer any help to the school call 021 371 4324 and ask for Gasant Galant or Tayana Fortune.

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