Hub to grow youth sport

2016-11-22 06:00
The principals of the nine teams who form part of the league with their accreditation from the City of Cape Town.  PHOTO: Samantha lee

The principals of the nine teams who form part of the league with their accreditation from the City of Cape Town. PHOTO: Samantha lee

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A new association has been launched in ward 79 that will see the development of sport in several communities.

The Swartklip Netball Hub was launched on Saturday 12 November to accommodate a league created for teams from Beacon Valley, Tafelsig and Eastridge.

Annalize van Zyl, proportional representative councillor of ward 79, says: “It is important for us to get involved in healthy activities that keep the children off the streets and out of harm,” she says.

Ward 79 councillor Solomon Phillander first got involved with the initiative in August when he was approached by Micaela Olckers and Mariam Mohamed, both netball players.

The women started a community league to help players in the area develop skills closer to home after travelling became too expensive (“Bringing netball home”, People’s Post, 27 September).

The league now has 10 teams that will participate in matches and be developed to a professional level.

“We can now give an opportunity to the youth of our areas where they can walk to access professional netball and compete in local, provincial and national competitions,” says Philander.

Van Zyl and Philander have also pledged their support in formally registering the league.

“How many times have our children been told they can’t play because of financial constraints? Not anymore; no challenges will keep us behind,” says Philander.

He says the hub will be stationed at the Swartklip Indoor Sports Complex where he hopes upgrades will be made to facilitate the development of the sport. Philander has also made ward allocation funds available for the hub in the next financial year.

The department of sports and recreation and representatives of Western Province Netball have also pledged their support for the initiative.

Philander says he hopes the league will also accommodate men in future.


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