As part of CSV Construction and Stellenbosch Academy of Sport’s community project, a sand court has been opened at the Sustainability Institute in Lynedoch. This marks the fifth sand court to be opened across communities surrounding Stellenbosch, South Africa to promote physical education, wellness and mass participation in sport and recreation.
Furthermore, the sand sport model is highly sustainable as it requires no irrigation, making it very appropriate for water scarce areas.
We will be building another five of these courts within the next year and look forward to organizing events and tournaments among the different communities that are already promoting sand sports such as soccer, rugby, netball, volleyball, tennis and handball for boys and girls.
We have been investing into girls’ and women’s football development in Stellenbosch since 2007. We have started girls football teams across the different high schools in the area. Today many of the players have achieved provincial and national level and many are playing for local and foreign universities and clubs.
The picture above is of one of our annual events where players from Rhenish Girls’ High, Bloemhof and Stellenbosch High participate in. We look forward to many more events in this coming year, including Futsal, Beach Soccer and Football tournaments among the different local schools.
Today starts the African Cup of Nations and all of us involved in football in the continent are concerned with the lack of investment and structure at youth and senior level. There is no doubt that the continent has an enormous amount of talented boys and girls but underdeveloped coaching structure. Pele said after the 1996 Olympic Finals when Nigeria beat Argentina (after beating Brasil in the semis) that was the time for African teams to win the World Cup and become the 21st Century most common winners. Almost 20 years after we still waiting for an African Champion. In your opinion, what can we do to make it happen?