Hockey empowers

2018-02-27 06:00
Zurayeah Goliath and Aleekah Isaacs.

Zurayeah Goliath and Aleekah Isaacs.

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AFactreton resident is using hockey to nurture young girls in his community.

Quinton Langeveldt launched the Factreton United ladies’ hockey team last week with the assistance of Play Sport 4 Life.

He says the main aim of this initiative is to grow the sport of hockey within the community and to “let it be a catalyst in fighting the battle against negativism within our community’s youth”.

“We believe that introducing sport can assist in alleviating the crime, poverty and social ills plaguing our society,” he says

“We have been predominantly male players, but with our young girls we are hoping to attract more girls to the sport.”

“Hockey has always been my passion and part of my life as a young man. It has always been a sport where both males and females have equal status. It is the only sport with no gender discrimination,” he says.

He says the establishment of the team was long overdue for him, as it has always been a dream of his, but a lack of resources proved to be a barrier.

He has started with five girls aged 11 to 12. They practise five days a week at WD Hendricks Primary School from 17:00 and all players, including the 22 boys, are served a meal before their practice.

“We are positive that our numbers will grow and we encourage girls to come join the club and enjoy themselves, not only with the hockey but with all the many sporting codes offered by Play Sport for Life. This has been made possible by Miles October who, in partnership with Helen Jacobs, supplies and supports the initiative fully,” Langeveldt says.

“At the moment we are not getting much response or buy-in from our community.

“We understand that our community has not been exposed to so many sporting codes and realise that with time we will get the support we need.”

Laeekah Isaacs (11) says she joined the team because she likes playing with balls and being challenged­.

Isaacs wishes the team could grow bigger and empower the youth of Factreton.

Another player, Zuraydah Goliath (12), says she heard that hockey can take talented individuals far and she would like to take it seriously and play at a professional level when she is older.

She encourages other girls to join them and have fun.

“It keeps us busy and safe, unlike when we played in the streets,” says Zuraydah

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