We have been hosting ‘Friendship Games’ since 2009, with the concept of building bridges between different communities, and learning how to play with one another, not against one another.
Since 2008, we have been offering Futsal coaching courses in South Africa and other African nations. Futsal is the answer to introducing football into primary and high schools in the continent, contributing not only to the improvement of the players’ tactical and technical skills, but also to mass participation (boys and girls) and job creation (players and coaches).
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.
We have been establishing Futsal in South Africa since 2007 by building courts, training coaches and organising tournaments and leagues. One of our partners is The City of Cape Town Sport and Recreation Department. Through the Department we have trained more than 300 coaches in all six districts of Cape Town in the last four years.
Last month we organised an international coaching course in partnership with Futsal South Africa and The City of Cape Town for the top 25 coaches from the six districts. The instructor was the international coach Rubio Guerra who has previously coached the national teams of Canada, Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE, respectively. The course was a great success and we are planning to start youth and senior leagues in 2017.
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.
As part of CSV Construction’s community project, we have been building sand courts in and around Stellenbosch with the purpose of promoting sport and recreational activities, wellness and mass participation. With the water restrictions and scarcity, the sand courts provide an alternative sport and recreational facility with almost no maintenance costs. Investing in these facilities ensures that communities can engage in sporting activities year-round.
Three schools, namely Rietenbosch and Klapmuts Primary and Luckhoff High School have already benefited from this initiative and the feedback from the principals, teachers, coaches, parents and learners is very positive. The plan is to build another two facilities in 2017.
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?
It’s great that during the World Cup in Brazil people were talking about futsal. I think a lot of people still don’t realise there is an elite level here in England and great growth at the grassroots level. Obviously Baku are doing really well in the elite level. Futsal is a great game, it just needs people to be aware of it. Once the awareness is there, the game is just going to grow so fast and become a really important sport in England.
Last week i gave a Futsal Clinic to a boys and girls team from Namibia. This is the second time their school St. Paul s College brought them for a week of training, their Coach Andre Benjamin is planing to open a Futsal Academy in Windhoek.