Summer girls’ tournament held

2018-03-20 06:01
Berenice Roman with the awards.

Berenice Roman with the awards.

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Six schools participated in a girls’ soccer competition hosted by the Cape Flats YMCA.

The second Y-Justice Girls’ Soccer Tournament was held at Eisleben Primary School on Saturday 10 March from 09:00 to 16:00.

The overall winners were Beacon View Primary School. This was their first summer tournament.

This initiative was first implemented on Saturday 23 September last year by Cape Flats YMCA director, Ricardo De Ruek, to develop primary school girls within the sporting sector and to keep them active in a positive way, giving them a drive for a future without social ills.

The other participating schools included Highlands, Eisleben Road, Northwood, Rocklands and Littlewood primary schools.

“We started in 2017 with our first spring tournament,” says Y-Justice project coordinator, Berenice Roman.

“The purpose or goal for presenting the girls’ soccer tournament is to give girls an equal opportunity to participate in football and also keep girls active. This is one of our missions – keeping them off the streets,” says Roman.

The tournament started with eight teams from Athlone and Mitchell’s Plain and all teams are still participating with girls aged between 10 and 13.

“We are still evaluating and finding out ways on getting more volunteers involved with the initiative, especially referees to control the games. [For the current tournament] we only had two referees, of whom one was a coach too. If we can have more volunteers involved that would be great,” she says.

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