Sport, recreation programmes for all

2016-04-26 06:00
Quinton Meyer from Athlone hopes the new recreational programme policy creates a more inclusive environment for communities to interact with each other.

Quinton Meyer from Athlone hopes the new recreational programme policy creates a more inclusive environment for communities to interact with each other.

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At the Bridgetown Community Centre in Athlone, play leader Quinton Meyer is passionate about delivering recreation programmes.

This comes after the City of Cape Town’s sport, recreation and amenities department committed over 80 staff members and millions of rand to provide recreation programmes which contribute to social cohesion and a healthy lifestyle among residents and communities.

“Recreation is important because many young people do not qualify for formal sports codes and club membership.

“Our recreation programmes are accessible to everyone and you don’t need to be an ace at something to participate. Here the youth have an opportunity to get involved in recreational activities, which empowers them and improves their self-esteem and confidence,” says Meyer.

Meyer believes the activities presented at the centre have the potential to empower the entire community.“I would like to have a positive impact on this community in a way where people of all walks of life can come to one venue, with one common goal. Our community needs to take ownership of the programmes and I would like to see young people excel in the various codes.”

The City’s policy for sport and recreation ensures that programmes are offered in line with the needs and interests of the community. Meyer explains the policy ensures they become more inclusive and adapt their programmes to all ages and they hope by doing it they will be able to reach the whole family.

“The policy also helps us to monitor the effectiveness of our programmes,” Meyer says.

Research indicates that sustained involvement in sport and recreation programmes can help to combat challenges in communities such as alcohol and drug abuse, crime and vandalism.

Currently there are 55 established hubs or recreation centres throughout Cape Town, where over 12 000 residents of all ages participate in recreational programmes weekly.

V For more information about the programmes, residents should call 021 824 2775.

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