Help make their dream come true

2018-03-13 06:00
The Western Cape Football for the Physically Disabled team

The Western Cape Football for the Physically Disabled team

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The head of Play Sport 4 Life (PS4L), Miles October from Kensington, is appealing to the public to donate towards Western Cape Football for the Physically Disabled to help the players attend the Physically Disabled National Games in Bloemfontein during the Easter holidays.

October says this is a well-deserved opportunity for the team, and his organisation is trying to make sure the team gets to the national games, but he says they cannot do it on their own.

“Any extra funds would come in handy because overall costs involve airfares, accommodation, food, and a bit of spending money. We at PS4L are thrilled to be able to help the team. We regard them in the same way we regard able-bodied sportspeople who commit to a healthy, active lifestyle. That is part of the commitment and objective of our organisation.”

The team is made up of 12 players between the ages of 13 and 22 years. They come from different parts of the Peninsula including Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain and Brackenfell­.

Coach Kevin Valentine says most of the players are affected by cerebral palsy, which is a developmental disability that affects movement, posture and coordination. He says that for him their disabilities are not a challenge, as over the years of coaching the team he has learned different strategies to accommodate each player during practices.

“I have been involved with these youngsters since their school days. This tournament would mean so much to them. They are very excited and looking forward to travelling by bus, mingling with other players from other provinces and seeing different fields. Please help us make this a reality.”

He says it hurts him to not receive the same amount of recognition that able-bodied people get when they need help. He says this opportunity will help the team members realise they are as appreciated by society as anybody else and will help remove the stigma associated with their condition. V For more information, call Connor Walsh on 021 461 4436.

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