Club introduces girls to soccer

2019-12-03 06:00
Girls are welcome to join the sessions of the newly-established girls’ soccer team in Salt River.

Girls are welcome to join the sessions of the newly-established girls’ soccer team in Salt River.

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Kick, dribble, run and throw – these words were music to the ears of many first-time football players at the Blackpool Sports Complex in Salt River on Wednesday 27 November.

Over 30 girls joined a second training session for the newly-established girls’ soccer team. The team is an expansion to the Salt River Blackpool Football Club. It was officially launched on Sunday 24 November with 12 girls attending the first session.

The chair of the club, Mohammed Iqbal Kasker, says the numbers are promising and sessions are open to all girls without an obligation to join the club. He says for now the aim is to introduce the girls to football and allow them to have fun while discovering their strengths.

“We are not having trials here, we are doing this at a community level to uplift, inspire and allow them to have fun in a safer environment,” he says. Due to the numbers, Kasker says they are considering extending their target beyond the initial plan of having an u.10 and u.14. He says if there is a reasonable number of older girls interested, they will add an u.16 team in the new year.

He says the club wants to show girls that they matter and can do anything they put their minds to.

He thanked parents who brought their children to training and supported them on the field.

Banyana Banyana coach Desiree Ellis was a guest at the session. She was impressed by the number of parents present. “It is really amazing to see parents coming out to give support. Usually, they just drop and pick the children up, which is not good. We need parents to get involved and invest time in shaping the talent of their children. So I hope you did not just come because of me – do this every day. Take them to practise, go watch them play,” says Ellis.

Requel Nel, a parent, took her two daughters and niece to the session, saying the trio is passionate about sport.

Girls came from as far as Khayelitsha, Athlone, Lansdowne and Mitchell’s Plain.

Shazia Hood, (10), a player from Woodstock says this is a great opportunity to learn, build friendships and stay out of trouble.

Another player, Alizwa Rwexana from Khayelitsha, says she is inspired by her brother, Zolani Bobelo who is also a soccer player. She plays for a girls’ team at Wesley Primary School.

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