A section of Mbhele Street in Asanda Village was turned into a netball court as eight local netball teams battled it to be crowned champions of the street on Friday 27 April.
The games, organised by Fana Ngcobo, saw girls in the under-13 to under-17 age groups challenge each other on the street court.
Ngcobo told City Vision the tournament aimed to revive sport in the area, as he felt it is lacking in local schools. Seven of the participating teams are locally based, while the eighth team hailed from Mfuleni.
Young and old came out in their numbers to support the girls who showed their mettle, which can also showcased on the sports field.
“As we celebrate Freedom Day, we thought we should do something for the community as we hardly see something of this nature hosted her,” said Ngcobo, who also hoped to bring a some hope to the young lasses.
“We are doing this to mobilise young people around sport, specifically netball, volleyball and table tennis. In this area we don’t have proper infrastructure, so we decided to convert what is in our disposal for the benefits of these children.”
Ngcobo is also trying to lure girls into sport, as there is no other activities for them to do in the area, “except frequenting taverns”.
“After school, these girls have nothing to do, so we are trying to mobilise them against the socials ills around them. Sport will keep them busy and acts as a distraction from many negative things,” he added.
“We want them to know they matter, even if they’re from these communities, and we want to expose them to opportunities which can in sport”.
Ngcobo believes the girls have the talent and could become stars in the sport.
One of the participants, 13-year-old Thandokazi Nyabashe, told City Vision she enjoyed the matches in which she was involved, adding that the day also presented the opportunity for players to stay fit and healthy.