Sport and Recreation as a Tool for Development and Peace

We, along with Ubabalo, CSV Construction and Maties Community Service (MGD Stellnbosch University) have been organising the VriendsCUP (the Friendship Games) since 2010. What makes the VriendsCUP so unique and the first of its kind, is the fact that teams are mixed, and not from only one school. The main purpose of the VriendsCUP is to build bridges and to develop interaction between the learners, parents and teachers of schools in the various local communities. Therefore, none of the participants need to be excellent sportsmen or women. Any learner that wants to have a go at a new sport, get some game time or simply make new friends while kicking or throwing a ball around is welcome.

We have been using this opportunity to expose the learners to concepts such as diversity, acceptance, gender equality, respect and team work. The feedback from the community in general has been very positive. We plan to expand the Games to other areas in the Western Cape and other provinces in the coming year.

 

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