Local athletes all kitted out

2018-04-19 06:00
The Lwandle Athletics Club in their new kit donated to them by JAG Foundation on Friday 13 April.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

The Lwandle Athletics Club in their new kit donated to them by JAG Foundation on Friday 13 April.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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Happiness was written all over the faces of Lwandle Athletics Club members when they received a donation of kit from the Jointly Achieving Growth (Jag) Foundation on Friday 13 April.

The club, which is home to about 60 members, has been using plain white T-shirts or vests to compete in competitions.

They also had to use the train to travel to the competitions in other areas, but this will be something of the past for these athletes.

The foundation will offer the club members transport to their races, which was welcomed by founder Phillip Khaile, who told City Vision they desperately needed both the kit and transportation.

“We only had white vests to identify our team members. On cross country competition days, we would travel by train or walk to our races. This support will play an incredible role for our club,” said Khaile, who started the club in 2013 but only registered it with Western Province Athletics in 2014.

“As a club, we are excited with this sponsorship. When we founded the club, we only had 25 kids and six adults. But today we have 45 children between the ages of seven and 20, and 10 adults,” said the man who started the club after noticing “the children’s potential at local schools”.

He says the members are talented, with no less than 10 of them having represented the club at WP meets.

Marshall Moiloa, project manager for athletics at the Jag Foundation, told City Vision it assists clubs and schools interested in athletics.

“We help the clubs with kit, while we offer training at schools. This sponsorship will go a long way, as the members were sometimes late when they had no transport.

“I met with Phillip some time ago and he told me about the challenges they faced. We had to come on board and assist where we can as a foundation.”

Moiloa confirmed a bakkie from Manor Homes will transport the runners to meets.

Alex Corin of the Jag Foundation said was established 11 years ago, with the aim to create sustainable change in high-risk communities in SA.

It uses sport and play as educational tools to impart life skills and offer children in these communities an alternative life path to gangsterism, drugs, and abuse.

“Our value based play programmes target children’s degraded belief system of themselves, their community, their lives and future,” he Corin explained.

“By creating safe and trusted environments in which learning and self-esteem building can take place, we expose children to the real and attainable opportunity of an alternative life path, one of hope and an escape from a societal predisposition of their future.

“We are currently executing a community adoption strategy with the goal of expanding the reach of our programmes to children in non-Jag areas”.

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