Written by S4H Program Coordinator and All Star, Wewe Sokoyi
S4H is a program that comes under the umbrella organization Hoops 4 Hope, that has been existing for the past 16 years. S4H is been funded by the GIZ and is under the Youth development through Football network(YDF) and has been working with communities and primary schools to run youth programs and an U/14 girls league incorporated with a Skills 4 Life program,working with 40 primary schools from Khayelithsa, Nyanga, Crossroads, Phillipi and Gugulethu.
On the Saturday of the 10th of September, we then ran a championship tournament with the 8 primary schools who were on top of the log in their communities. They have been competing for 6 months with 4-6 primary schools in
their community league.
The day started smoothly with opening speeches from S4H program coordinator Wewe Sokoyi and a Gugulethu LFA representative. Then there was the kick-off tournament, with the girls fiercly competing to be crowned the S4H 2011 Champions. The community of Gugulethu around the NY116 Sports Field was where this splendid event was hosted. People came out in numbers to experience 1st hand, as the young girls took charge and ownership of
the soccer pitch. It got down to the last 2 schools, Isigcawu and Hlengisa, where the game ended in 0-0 and went on to penalty shootouts. Hlengisa Primary took the victory beating Isigcawu 4-3.
S4H would like to thank a day well done to the schools and teachers present, the community of Gugulethu and LFA, S4H MVP coaches, and All Stars!