Astroturf for Kensington school

2018-12-04 06:00

A Kensington school will get its much-needed Astroturf field completed and a few talented young soccer players from disadvantaged communities will have their school fees paid as part of a fund-raising initiative organised by Play Sport4Life.

The non-profit community-based organisation is staging an event-packed charity golf day at King David Club in Mowbray on 17 December to raise a minimum of R50 000 to cover the cost of the two projects.

The head of Play Sport4Life, Miles October, says the end-of-year-event is an ideal opportunity for corporate bodies to combine their end-of-year parties to coincide with a community-minded event.

October explains in a statement that the four-ball team entry is R2500, and to sponsor a hole is R2000.

“I can’t think of a better way to have a break-up party with a round of golf and a get-together on the 19th hole with the flow-on benefit going to disadvantaged kids,” he says.

According to October, Hidayatul Islam Primary School in Kensington has been desperately trying to lay down Astroturf in its playground so that the children can enjoy their sports activities on a decent playing field.

“Children need to be able to enjoy the full spectrum of the school experience, not just books. If we can raise the money with the charity golf day event, Play Sport4Life will see to it that the children will have the Astroturf to play on,” October says.

According to the statement, Play Sport4Life has been operating for five years now and it has become one of the pre-eminent organisations involved in community upliftment in the disadvantaged areas on the Cape Flats.

It has run well-attended soccer, baseball and athletics events with the aim of providing healthy sports activities for schoolchildren, particularly during the holidays, bringing children off the streets and away from the clutches of gangsters while parents are working.

All the money it raises goes towards funding the numerous projects that Play Sport4Life runs across the Peninsula, but mainly in the Kensington-Factreton-Maitland area.

The bursary involves identifying talented young soccer players in the townships and putting them through the Magic FC youth training programme. Magic FC is one of the top teams in the ABC Motsepe League.

“We know we have stacks of raw talent running around on our township playing fields every weekend,” October says. “However, financial constraints invariably come in the way of the majority of these rough diamonds ever reaching their full potential.

“Families are strapped for cash paying school fees, putting food on the table, or clothing the children. Play Sport4Life wants to ease that burden in a small way by awarding school bursaries to promising youngsters that will pay for their school fees.

“In that way, the child’s education is guaranteed – that is of the utmost importance – and through Magic FC, we have the chance of developing a talent that could go on to play for Bafana Bafana or Banyana Banyana.”

October says he has been encouraged by the early response of a number of businesspeople who have come forward to sponsor holes.

“It is heart-warming to see corporates showing some social responsibility. We would like to see more of them step forward.

V For more information on how to enter a team to participate in the event, call Mike Abrahams on 021 510 1327.

A Kensington school will get its much-needed Astroturf field completed and a few talented young soccer players from disadvantaged communities will have their school fees paid as part of a fund-raising initiative organised by Play Sport4Life.

The non-profit community-based organisation is staging an event-packed charity golf day at King David Club in Mowbray on 17 December to raise a minimum of R50 000 to cover the cost of the two projects. The head of Play Sport4Life, Miles October, says the end-of-year-event is an ideal opportunity for corporate bodies to combine their end-of-year parties to coincide with a community-minded event. October explains in a statement that the four-ball team entry is R2500, and to sponsor a hole is R2000.

“I can’t think of a better way to have a break-up party with a round of golf and a get-together on the 19th hole with the flow-on benefit going to disadvantaged kids,” he says.

According to October, Hidayatul Islam Primary School in Kensington has been desperately trying to lay down Astroturf in its playground so that the children can enjoy their sports activities on a decent playing field.

“Children need to be able to enjoy the full spectrum of the school experience, not just books. If we can raise the money with the charity golf day event, Play Sport4Life will see to it that the children will have the Astroturf to play on,” October says.

According to the statement, Play Sport4Life has been operating for five years now and it has become one of the pre-eminent organisations involved in community upliftment in the disadvantaged areas on the Cape Flats.

It has run well-attended soccer, baseball and athletics events with the aim of providing healthy sports activities for schoolchildren, particularly during the holidays, bringing children off the streets and away from the clutches of gangsters while parents are working. All the money it raises goes towards funding the numerous projects that Play Sport4Life runs across the Peninsula, but mainly in the Kensington-Factreton-Maitland area. The bursary involves identifying talented young soccer players in the townships and putting them through the Magic FC youth training programme. Magic FC is one of the top teams in the ABC Motsepe League.

“We know we have stacks of raw talent running around on our township playing fields every weekend,” October says. “However, financial constraints invariably come in the way of the majority of these rough diamonds ever reaching their full potential.

“Families are strapped for cash paying school fees, putting food on the table, or clothing the children. Play Sport4Life wants to ease that burden in a small way by awarding school bursaries to promising youngsters that will pay for their school fees. In that way, the child’s education is guaranteed – that is of the utmost importance – and through Magic FC, we have the chance of developing a talent that could go on to play for Bafana Bafana or Banyana Banyana.”

V For more information on how to enter a team to participate in the event, call Mike Abrahams on 021 510 1327.

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