Sports day unites the community

2019-10-08 06:00
Sports Blitz Day in Hanover Park was not just about sport as there was a marimba band called Ned Doman Marimba Band from Athlone that was entertaining the attendees.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Sports Blitz Day in Hanover Park was not just about sport as there was a marimba band called Ned Doman Marimba Band from Athlone that was entertaining the attendees.PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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It was a feast of sporting activities as youth and their parents gathered at Downberg Netball Court to attend the Sports Blitz Day in Hanover Park on Saturday 28 September.

Among others basketball and netball coaching clinics took place. Chess was also played and the Ned Doman Marimba Band entertained the crowd.

The event was organised by the local organising committee (LOC) of Hanover Park Community Action Task Team. They were supported by the provincial department of cultural affairs and sports.

According to the chairperson of the LOC, Denver Andrews, the event aimed to “win over” the youth from gangsterism and also to unite community members and organisations.

He said the members who were involved in organising the event came from different political parties.

“The aim is to get community organisation to work on one plan when it comes to developing sport in this area, and for the organisations to support one another and put differences aside,” he explained.

Part of the event also sought to stimulate the interest of sport in the youth and for social cohesion to prevail in the area.

“Besides, this sports ground is where netball first started in Hanover Park. (So) we are using this event to remind our youth of that and that all sporting codes can start there,” explained Andrews.

He also mentioned that the court where the event was held has been used by two rivalry gangs. He shared how the youth was reluctant to attend the event, expressing concern of when the gangsters could resume shooting. He said he assured them that all security measures were in place. He alluded the presence of the police and emergency services.

Attending the fun day to show support to the youth was the Hanover Park the Kennel Ministries pastor, Freda Filander.

“We have to be involved as the church plays an important role in the community. Also, this event is important because it keeps our youth off the streets and gives them something to look forward to,” she said. She said she does not support a specific team or code but all of them and she wishes they could continue playing.

For Eugene Smith, the event is bigger than just the sporting codes. He said it is a good initiative to rescue the youth from the life of drugs and gangsterism. Smith is a referee who used to be a part of Hanover Park Football Club.

He said he wishes they could continue and host an even bigger event next year.

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