S4H Holiday Outreach!
Written by S4H Program Manager, Wewe Sokoyi
Community Outreach Programs
The following was our idea behind the community outreach programs: we wanted to keep our participants invloved in sporting activities, as we have an U/14 girls league running in 8 communities. We wanted to give them the platform to showcase the talent and get recognition in their communities, as there is mentality that girls are not good in playing soccer and soccer is a male dominated sport here. We wanted to create a path in supporting and changing that mentality.
Because we are a sporting organization,we also wanted to do something for the community too, a way that we could get on the ground and support programs and people in the community.
Soccer 4 Hope then had an outreach program with soccer and life skills, where we targeted the Gugulethu area.There we reached out to 1 of the current schools in the Soccer 4 Hope program, Intshinga Primary School, and had had a following outreach at Elukhanyisweni Complex, our newest partner in the ‘Coaching For Hope’ and City of Cape Town women empowerment project. We then targetted the Nyanga and Crossroads area, hosted a tournament at the Crossroads Library, then also in Acacia Park, and last but not least Khayelitsha. There we had a clean-up and gardening campaign at Phaphamani day care center. And last but not least Soccer 4 Hope All Stars/Community Coordinator Vuyani Ngcuka
and his MVPs/Coaches Luyolo Madolo, Mzukisi Mlanjeni, and Mzamo Mthsiselwa
wrapped it up with a huge street soccer tournament targeting the community at large. It was amazing to see the sight of the community out and supporting this astounding day. Parents came out and supported their children playing, which was fulfiling! There were happy faces from the young participants. The day was wrapped with a ceremony, where the winning teams from the different age groups were given small trophies.
It felt very good knowing that we had done something positive for our communities and reached +- 400 girls and boys in our FUNdamental life skills activities and soccer!