Basketball club keeps growing

2019-07-02 06:01
During one of the holiday programmes.

During one of the holiday programmes.

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After 25 years, the Heideveld Basketball Club is still going strong and continues to explore ways of empowering local youth.

Currently, it is offering holiday programmes which form part of their ongoing projects.

The programmes include daily practise sessions for all age groups, tutoring sessions, a life-skills programme as part of the youth day events and league games over weekends.

They have practises at Heideveld Secondary School between 15:00 and 21:00 on weekdays and playing their matches on weekends.

The club has 200 members and is made up of girls and boys playing in the u.10, u.12, u.14, u.16, u.18 teams, and they also have senior teams for men and women.

According to the club’s secretary, Denwin Jones, members come from all around the Cape Flats and face different social challenges.

Jones says the club is an active agent of change in the Cape Flats giving opportunities to youth and providing a place of safety in harsh surroundings.

“Most of them come from a community that is riddled with drug abuse, unemployment and gangsterism. We are a club with strong values of respect, hard work, education and excellence on and off the court,” says Jones.

He adds that the club has evolved over the years and experienced “much success.”

“We are proud to now run one of the most successful basketball programmes in South Africa, producing provincial and national players and coaches and having been crowned Cape Town Basketball league champions over various divisions every year is testament to our work ethic,” says Jones. “We are, however, very constrained with resources such as; equipment, facilities opportunities, and nutrition,” he says.

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