Club gets ball rolling to protect kids from drugs and gangs

2019-03-19 06:00
Raees Attwood, one of the members going to KwaZulu Natal

Raees Attwood, one of the members going to KwaZulu Natal

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Hang Ten pool club in Hillview is keeping children busy and away from drugs and gangs through a game of pool.

Started six years ago, the pool and snooker club has several medals and trophies.

Last week Friday, the club sent off four children to represent the Western Cape Cue Sport, in KwaZulu Natal. The four are part of a group of 10 children who will be representing the province in the contest. They will be back on Sunday 24 March.

Yusuf Attwood, the chairperson of Hang Ten pool club, says the club is growing and they are happy to be sending children. “For me, it is a step in the right direction. This is not the first time that we have sent children to competitions. Our children have been out of the country to compete in big competitions and that makes us really proud,” he says.

With the gangs and shootings in the Hillview area, Attwood is glad that they can keep the children safe and busy.

“We can’t take a chance, we have to do all we can to ensure that our children are safe and they are not lured into gangs. I’m glad that children are loving the game and it keeps them busy,” he says.

To ensure that every child has an opportunity to experience the game of pool, they are working with about 20 schools. They teach them the game of pool as an extra activity. Currently, they have over 2000 children taking part in their programmes within the schools they work with.

Seeing the response they got from schools, Attwood says they formed the Pool for Change, an organisation that will help learners participate in the game of pool.

“We decided to form this so that we can help the learners. Some parents are on drugs and others simply can’t afford to go to the federation, register and get everything that is needed for the game. So this organisation will stand in the gap,” he says.

Attwood has no doubt that the club has a positive impact on the community and says parents are really grateful.

“If any parent can’t see the work we do they will never see it. Our children travel all over the world. Those that are travelling are an inspiration to others and we have a lot of children coming to the club and we are happy we could make such a positive impact,” he says.V To know more about the club call Yusuf Attwood on 073 816 4762

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