Negativity run out

2016-04-19 06:00
The group of 14 youth received certificates after they took part in a sporting clinic made possible through the joint efforts of the Voice of Parkwood and the St Augustine Cricket Club in Elfindale.  PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

The group of 14 youth received certificates after they took part in a sporting clinic made possible through the joint efforts of the Voice of Parkwood and the St Augustine Cricket Club in Elfindale. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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A group of 14 aspiring cricketers were recently praised for their efforts to become part of something more positive in their community.

The youth all from Parkwood ranging between the ages of nine and 15 – including two girls – received their certificates for taking part in a cricket clinic which was recently hosted through the efforts of the Voice of Parkwood as well as the St Augustine Cricket club in Elfindale.

Diego Francis, Anzio Francis, Darren Johnson, Charley Matong, Caden Meyer, Calum Swartz, Marco Theunis, Damian Vinier, Tresslin Fourie, Therlo Fourie, Cindy Cupido, Faried Cloete, Dayzuan van Dalen and Carla Cupido received their certificates at the Parkwood Community centre last week.

Voice of Parkwood chairperson Paul Philips says the community faces many challenges and the cricket clinic programme which was initiated during last year is a positive for the youth.

“The biggest issues we face in this community is the gangsterism and drugs. However, through this cricket clinic programme we are looking at creating positivity for our youth in the area,” Philips says.

As part of the initiative, Philips says they plan to take back open spaces in the area again and mentioned that a space has been identified in the area which they intend to earmark for the development of a sporting ground.

“Currently we have no facilities in the area for our children to enjoy. Our open spaces and parks are being occupied by gangsters and unsavoury elements who pose a threat to our youth. We need to take back these spaces to create a safe haven again for our youth in the area,” he says.

Philips further added it becomes a safety risk for children to move out of the area to practise their talents at other facilities.

“We should not have to send our children out of the area so they can practise their sporting codes elsewhere. They should be afforded this opportunity in their community. It becomes a safety risk when a child has to walk to other facilities to be able to practise their talents that can be used in their own community,” he says. 

Philips commended the cricket club for hosting the group of aspiring cricketers at their club.

“They were able to meet with international sporting stars and engage with them as well while taking part at the cricket clinic. This is the type of exposure our kids need in the area,” he said.

St Augustine Cricket club chairperson Robin Poggenpoel also motivated the group who graduated from the programme.
“I also grew up in the flats opposite Retreat swimming pool and my escape from the evils in the community was to play sport. I played soccer and cricket and this was my way of getting away form the evils of society. And this is why we encourage parents to enrol their children in sporting codes and want them to become involved in programmes who expose them to their talents and our club is always open to the community,” he says. 

Philips has encouraged parents who want their children to enrol for the cricket clinic.
“We recently held a soccer tournament hosted by Oasis on the tarmac outside where Jayden Boltman was killed a few months ago. This is one way of taking back our spaces instead of gangsters who use it to burn fires, gamble and sow all kinds of evil which is not intended for that space.”
If you are from Parkwood and would like to learn more about the cricket clinic programme, contact Paul Philips on 074 689 6924.

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