Preventing crime one kick at a time

2015-11-03 06:00
PSG from Manenberg won the U15 boys section of the Amandla EduFootball 24-hour tournament held in Gugulethu this past weekend.

PSG from Manenberg won the U15 boys section of the Amandla EduFootball 24-hour tournament held in Gugulethu this past weekend.

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A non-governmental organisation in the Manenberg/Gugulethu area hosted its annual 24-hour crime prevention event in the form of a soccer tournament over the weekend.

Amandla EduFootball hosted the tournament for different age groups at the Oliver Khan Safe Hub at Gugulethu Comprehensive High School.

Boys and girls from Manenberg and Gugulethu were hosted with the goal of promoting social cohesion and community development. More than 400 players participated throughout the day and night, with PSG from Manenberg winning the boy’s u.15 tournament.

Manenberg is well-represented at the tournament, with four of the area’s young ones helping to organise it (Kaylem Mentoor, Brandon Frazenburg, Tauriq Abrahams and Shafiek Safodien).

“We had wonderful entertainment from a group of young passionate girls known as the Lotus cultural dance group. This group also formed a team and participated in the girl’s tournament,” says Mickey Mashego, head of facilities at Amandla EduFootball.

Now in its third year, Amandla EduFootball’s event has participants involved in a 24-hour soccer tournament to increase awareness about the effective combination of education and soccer in the prevention of crime.

“The medium of soccer is used to develop and motivate at-risk youth to strive towards adopting a healthy lifestyle and creating a better future for themselves,” says Mashego.

The event also forms part of the final assessment for a 12-month sports administration accreditation course with the Exercise Teachers Academy (ETA). The ETA students from Guguletu and Manenberg are required to plan, manage and facilitate the tournament.

For more information about Amandla EduFootball visit www.edufootball.org.


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