Tournament with a different focus

2019-04-16 06:01
Children from different schools coming together to participate and interact.

Children from different schools coming together to participate and interact.

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It was more than just a sports day when eight teams gunning for the number one spot at the Autumn Cup trials hosted by the Cape Flats Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) at Eisleben Road Primary School sports grounds on Saturday 6 April.

Talking to People’s Post, Berenice Roman, who is the organiser, says that she would not categorise the event as just a sports event but a social and celebration event for the community.

“The purpose of the event is a platform for the girls to showcase their talent,” says Roman, on the tournament that allowed girls to play football.

She said one of the other signature programmes at the Cape Flats YMCA is Youth Justice. “Our core purpose is to empower young people for life, leadership and service,” she adds. Besides running the tournament yearly since 2017, they also have organic food gardens at the CF YMCA Rotatory Camp where they harvest vegetables and feed the needy. Reiterating the fact that the event is not just about sport, they are trying to give girls a platform where they are able to be themselves while interacting with others in a fun way. “Discipline is one of the main values you should have playing football and respect is one of the other values, and they are trying to instil this on the girls who they work with,” she said. Even though they are not the first people or area to have a girls’ soccer team, she added they would also want to give girls soccer the exposure on grassroot level. The manner in which they want to achieve that is to do it in a proper developmental way, hence they have the seven-a-side tournaments.

Leigh Alexander from Eisleben Road Primary School scooped the top goal scorer on the day with Chloe Van Niekerk from Rocklands Primary taking the Player of the Tournament title.

Shield runner-up was Beacon View Primary School, with Imperial Primary School being the Shield Winner. AZ Berman Primary School was the Plate runner-up with Alpine Primary School being the winner. Eisleben Road Primary School snatched the Autumn Cup trophy with Rocklands Primary School being the runner-up.

A community member, Patrick Alexanders, who is also a father of Leigh Alexanders, praised not just his daughter but also the organisation hosting the event.

“I am proud of my daughter and what she has achieved. She is also doing well academically so we support her, as her family.”

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