Soccer holiday fun to keep kids off the streets

2016-07-21 06:00
Young soccer enthusiasts in action during last week’s holiday tournament at Jubilee Park.        Photos: heilie combrinck

Young soccer enthusiasts in action during last week’s holiday tournament at Jubilee Park. Photos: heilie combrinck

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For the past three years, young soccer fans in Uitenhage have been having a ball with Swiftresponse, a non-governmental organisation, using soccer as a means of community development.

Ade Adekunle established Swiftresponse with the aim to keep youngsters off the streets, especially during holidays, thereby trying to reduce boredom and possible involvement in criminal activities.

“By engaging in soccer activities, we wish to prevent the youth from becoming victims of crimes. Their vulnerability put them at high risk,” said Adekunle.

“We educate participants. Every time we come together, it is classwork before fieldwork and training. The young ones should know their rights in all areas of life to enable them to understand what they are entitled to and what they are legally not entitled to.

“Apart from teaching them to kick goals, we try to empower them in formulating their own life goals. We try to assist where we can so that they achieve those goals, hence becoming useful to themselves, the community and to the country,” said Adekunle.

The youths are engaged through the year, with special holiday programmes. The latest training week was held last week at Jubilee Park sports fields.

For more information contact Ade Adenkuhle on 073 003 9441 or visit Swiftresponse on Facebook or at

(-Heilie Combrinck)

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