Stars rub off on youngsters

2015-10-08 06:00
Some of the children who benefitted from the skills of Mpho Mbiyozo, a former player  who  transferred his skills coaching clinics at Khayelitsha, on Friday.

Some of the children who benefitted from the skills of Mpho Mbiyozo, a former player who transferred his skills coaching clinics at Khayelitsha, on Friday.

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The wannabe rugby stars were excited to see their role models during a rugby clinic held at Khayelitsha Rugby Stadium, on Friday.

The event was organised by Brand South Africa for their project know as Play Your Part that aims to empower the youth and encourage them to play their part in making the communities they stay in better.

Among the coaches who conducted the coaching clinics were Mpho Mbiyozo, the former South African rugby union player who played with Western Province and the Eastern Province Kings and Lelona Dawati, 16, the player for Basetsana, the South African Women’s Under 20 national team and other local coaches.

Rabia Metedad, activations manager at Brand South Africa, said the event was part of ongoing project of enticing South Africans to love their country.

“We want to create awareness of Brand South Africa. We want to encourage South Africans to love their country, be proud of the country and also promote its good image. We say they must also fly the country’s flag high. We chose Rugby because we are in the season for Rugby with Springbok participating in the Rugby World Cup 2015. This is a good platform for the promotion. We want to promote positive behaviour,” Metedad said.

She also said they have already been to other provinces where they did different programmes to promote the projects such as participating in heritage events during September month which is a Heritage Month.

Mbiyozo said the coaching clinic was a “good platform” for the children from the area as it will help them set their goals high.

“This will show the children that they too can achieve their goals to play for bigger teams or even the country. We can achieve a lot if we can all come together and help each other. I taught them that discipline is important in sport and also have desire to work hard. We really need to help the children from the grassroots. If you plant a seed you never know what will come out of it. I hope that we can do this frequently as oppose to once off, but I understand there are some costs involved,” Mbiyozo said.

Dawati said she was not happy that most good opportunities come to Khayelitsha and that other small townships are neglected.

“There are opportunities for children to be selected to play for big teams. At times I feel that such opportunities are given to children in Khayelitsha and other townships are forgotten. There is a need to go and see the talent of other children in other townships, because some children end up giving-up on their dreams,” Dewati said.

Dewati resides in Lower Crossroads

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