School’s field of dreams

2015-09-08 06:00
Belthorn Primary School have proposed the development of an artificial turf pitch to be built on the school grounds which would be about the quarter of the size of the artificial pitch built in Heideveld recently (pictured above)

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Belthorn Primary School have proposed the development of an artificial turf pitch to be built on the school grounds which would be about the quarter of the size of the artificial pitch built in Heideveld recently (pictured above) PHOTO: earl hau

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Residents of all ages gathered at Bel­thorn Primary School on Thursday last week to discuss the proposal to build a multipurpose artificial turf court at the school.

The tennis courts at the back of the school have been identified as an adequate site on which the turf can be built. The existing fencing surrounding the courts and school would be improved.

The meeting was held as part of the process to gain involvement from all stakeholders as required for the project to go ahead.

Rashied Majiet, a local businessman and coordinator of the plan for artificial turf, approached school principal Aneen Abels to suggest a sustainable model for the school aimed at providing some form of income whilst also offering a platform for more activities for the community, thus contributing to community upliftment.

The initial plan envisages one five-a-side soccer pitch being built, with a view to adding a second pitch to the grounds, should the demand for more activity in the area be overwhelming.

It will cost about R1.34m for the erection of the first court.

The floodlit pitch will also double as a tennis and netball court when not in use for soccer activities. A parking lot within the school perimeter will also be constructed to provide secure off-street parking for visitors.

Currently, Cape Town is littered with five-a-side soccer pitches, but none of them are close to the Athlone area, particularly Belthorn.

It means that those who play the shortened, simplified form of the game have to fork out travelling expenses over and above the cost it entails to use the facilities located outside of the suburb.

The project is meant to be a multifaceted one as it will not only provide the youth with an alternative, cheaper venue to play soccer, but also offer nearby schools the opportunity to use the state-of-the-art facilities in a safe environment during school hours.

There is also a view to provide the physically challenged a haven in which to improve their motor skills.

“The aim of the project was really to develop the infrastructure firstly, and create sustainable activity for kids, besides it being a business,” says Majiet.

The safety and security aspect of the project would be two-fold as well, with the facility providing extra lighting to the area. This will act as a crime deterrent to the immediate area during the night while also keeping people off the streets and away from criminal elements. The facility will also have manned security to keep those using the grounds safe.

In order to create enough awareness and initial hype for the venue, the project aims to align itself with soccer and social clubs, schools and businesses with social responsibility being a key component.

Abels is immensely excited about the proposal and hopes that the broader Athlone community will benefit from the facility, not just Belthorn alone.

“I think that it means sustainable support for the school and the broader community. It means that schools eventually become nodes of activity for the benefit of the community,” says Abels.

Residents of all ages gathered at Bel­thorn Primary School on Thursday last week to discuss the proposal to build a multipurpose artificial turf court at the school.

The tennis courts at the back of the school have been identified as an adequate site on which the turf can be built. The existing fencing surrounding the courts and school would be improved.

The meeting was held as part of the process to gain involvement from all stakeholders as required for the project to go ahead.

Rashied Majiet, a local businessman and coordinator of the plan for artificial turf, approached school principal Aneen Abels to suggest a sustainable model for the school aimed at providing some form of income whilst also offering a platform for more activities for the community, thus contributing to community upliftment.

The initial plan envisages one five-a-side soccer pitch being built, with a view to adding a second pitch to the grounds, should the demand for more activity in the area be overwhelming.

It will cost about R1.34m for the erection of the first court.

The floodlit pitch will also double as a tennis and netball court when not in use for soccer. A parking lot within the school perimeter will also be constructed to provide secure off-street parking for visitors.

Currently, Cape Town is littered with five-a-side soccer pitches, but none of them are close to the Athlone area, particularly Belthorn.

It means that those who play the shortened, simplified form of the game have to fork out travelling expenses over and above the cost it entails to use the facilities located outside of the suburb.

The project is meant to be a multifaceted one as it will not only provide the youth with an alternative, cheaper venue to play soccer, but also offer nearby schools the opportunity to use the state-of-the-art facilities in a safe environment during school hours.

There is also a view to provide the physically challenged a haven in which to improve their motor skills.

“The aim of the project was really to develop the infrastructure firstly, and create sustainable activity for kids, besides it being a business,” says Majiet.

The safety and security aspect of the project would be two-fold as well, with the facility providing extra lighting to the area. This will act as a crime deterrent to the immediate area during the night while also keeping people off the streets and away from criminal elements. The facility will also have manned security to keep those using the grounds safe.

In order to create enough awareness and initial hype for the venue, the project aims to align itself with soccer and social clubs, schools and businesses with social responsibility being a key component.

Abels is immensely excited about the proposal and hopes that the broader Athlone community will benefit from the facility, not just Belthorn alone.

“I think that it means sustainable support for the school and the broader community. It means that schools eventually become nodes of activity for the benefit of the community,” says Abels.

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