Dutch school helps local teams

2018-01-18 06:00
Eleven Attackers under 12 and 17 players wearing their new kit donated by Roc Tilburg Sport and Movement School from Holland.               PHOTO: Unathi Obose

Eleven Attackers under 12 and 17 players wearing their new kit donated by Roc Tilburg Sport and Movement School from Holland. PHOTO: Unathi Obose

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Excitement was evident in the Eleven Attackers players as they received a donation from a Netherlands school last Tuesday at the Ezindlovini sport ground.

The football club received a new kit for their u12 and u17 squads, including eight soccer balls from Roc Tilburg Sport and Movement School.

Eleven Attackers manager Buyiswa Tonono described the donation as a great boost for both teams.

“We feel honoured and lucky that out of all the teams in Khayelitsha, they chose us.

“It is encouraging to see that there are people out there who notice and appreciate what we are doing in our communities.

It is apparent that we are doing a right thing by taking these children away from the street to join sport,” said Tonono.

The renowned business woman in the area who owns Indlovu Day Care and Makazi Guest House said it is by establishing and supporting these teams that she ploughs back to the community.

“I have football and netball teams. This is how I’m giving back to the community. Because most of the players I know from their days as young tots in my crèche.

I know them from a very young age,” she said.

Joost Sondaal, a teacher from the donors and program manager said their programs are mainly focusing in the disadvantaged areas, especially in the black communities.

“We are staying in the host families in Graceland, Khayelitsha. We do daily activities like we visited KwaNothemba Day Care Centre for Disabled and assisted them by renovating the centre. We also had sport activities at Masiphumelele primary school.

“And next week we will visit Pollsmor prison and organize sports clinics for convicted people,” said Sandaal. He said his students raised money to donate to disadvantage communities.

“I have about 13 students, and they are prepared to take extra lessons in English and learn about South African history particularly in Cape Town,” he said. Sondaal said that he is not the first time visiting the country.

“Last year I was here with another group. We visited KwaNothemba and we painted the house. Even the team (Eleven Attackers), we gave soccer balls. We have a good relationship with the community,” said Sondaal.

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