Gugs chess club pleads for help

2018-04-26 06:01
Luyolo Chess Club players in practice as coaches Bongezile Dondolo (right), Sikelela Mqatazana (middle) and Mzimkhulu Balintulo, left, take them through the paces at the Luyolo Community Centre. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Luyolo Chess Club players in practice as coaches Bongezile Dondolo (right), Sikelela Mqatazana (middle) and Mzimkhulu Balintulo, left, take them through the paces at the Luyolo Community Centre. PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The Gugulethu chess club is appealing to the community to support them with funds to participate in the Crossroads Open Chess Championship 2018 Tournament that will be held at the Bellville Technical High Schoolthis weekend.

Mzimkhulu Balintulo, a Committee member of Luyolo Sports and Recreation Foundation and coach of the Luyolo Chess Club, said they have about 20 players who will represent them in the tournament.

“As a club, we are struggling to get enough funds for the tournament. To participate in the tournament we need to have R1800 cash and money for accommodation and transport. We have two divisions, the U/10 which consists of nine players and U/14, which consists of 11 players,” said Balintulo.

He said in most cases, they rely on the parents of the players for donations, but they can’t afford to pay the amount needed to take part in the tournament as some of them are survive only on children’s and old age grants.

Balintulo said it’s their second participation in the tournament.

“We established our club last July(2017) and we participated in the event.

It is the children’s dream to participate in the event and compete with other clubs as it will help them boost their self-esteem and learn more about the game,” he said.

Balintulo described chess as a sport for smart people.

“Not everyone can play chess. You need to think fast and be analytic. So, we need to groom these young children into the sport to become better players,” he said adding that their aim is to develop the sport in other areas of Gugulethu.

Anathi Nkone,12, said their aim is to win the tournament.

“It’s going to be my first participation in the tournament. I joined the club early this year after I was invited by my friend. When I arrived I knew nothing about the sport but now I feel I can compete against anyone,” said Nkone.

The club practices at Luyolo Community Centre in NY126 every Monday to Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 afternoon.

Contact Mqatazana on 082 700 4397

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.