Youth can’t get enough of action

2016-06-23 06:00
Dozens of youth participated in street soccer on in Gugulethu Thursday.

Dozens of youth participated in street soccer on in Gugulethu Thursday.

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Gugulethu youth, some of whom are involved in drugs and gangsterism, participated in a street soccer tournament which was organised on June 16 last week on Thursday.

The Four-a-side Street Soccer Challenge was the brain-child of Thando Plaatjies and Lee Khabele from the Gugulethu Progressive Development Forum, at NY134.

Plaatjies said the aim of the event was to target the youth that usually stand is street corners and are notorious for using drugs or for their involvement in gangs.

“We targeted the youth that do not play soccer at all and that stand on corners doing nothing. Some of them take drugs. Surprisingly they came in their numbers. We wanted to let them know about the importance of commemorating June 16. Most of them think it is just a holiday. They really enjoyed the event,” Plaatjies said.

There were 118 individuals who participated from different clubs and in the U/14 and U/19 categories.

The event was sponsored by Twizza drinks and the local SuperSpar.

Khabele said the youth were left still wanting more.

“They were so happy and they approached us after the tournament to organise more events of this nature.

They also proposed that we start a league which will include the entire Gugulethu.

This is an initiative which aims at creating a platform for youth from the area.

We going to invite the leaders of the gang groups to a workshop and they will then come back and spread the word to their peers,” Khabele said.

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