27/1/15 Premier of the Western Cape opens the new Franschhoek Valley Community Sport Centre
On 15th January, the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille formally opened the new Franschhoek Valley Community Sport Centre, kicking off 4 days of celebrations. Joined by Executive Mayor Sidego of Stellenbosch, the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Judith Macgregor, and Hope Through Action’s patrons, Philip and Judy Green, as well as our ambassadors Reuben Riffel and Ryk Neethling, the Premier was entertained by traditional dancers, sports demonstrations, a marimba band and a tour of the facilities, while outside soccer and netball matches were keenly contested.
The new centre, our second in the Western Cape, includes a FIFA standard 3G pitch with seating for 300 spectators, training and meeting rooms, showers, and a resource centre. The centre will be managed by our partner SCORE, and will offer sporting activities and life skills training for young people, especially those from the disadvantaged communities of the Franschhoek Valley.
In addition we have built an eight classroom Early Learning Centre which will be operated by the Kusasa Project who has been supporting education in the Franschhoek Valley since 2006. On 16th January, Kusasa and their children enjoyed their own celebratory event with bouncy castles and games enjoyed by young and old alike.
Dedicating the centres to the young people of the Franschhoek Valley, Premier Zille said “I am pleased to be part of this day. The potential of the young people of our nation is the hope that we have for the future. This facility, dedicated to giving them the opportunity to develop and grow into the leaders of the future, is very exciting. I look forward to hearing many stores of lives being changed and potential fulfilled”. Mayor Sidego, calling the centre a ‘dream castle’, added “Here the young people will develop the skills, physically and mentally, to take part in what South Africa has to offer. I want to thank you all because you are all dream builders”.
Philip Green concluded “Today we pass the baton to you, the young people of the Franschhoek Valley. It is now up to you to take the opportunities offered here and to fulfil your potential. Dream big dreams and achieve your aspirations”.
Hope Through Action would like to thank all their supporters, the construction team of Lyners Consulting, Power Construction and Oostenwald Nothnagel Architects, and their partners SCORE and Kusasa for making their dream of a second centre a reality.
27/1/15 Festival of sport to celebrate the opening of the Franschhoek Valley Community Sport Centre.
The opening of the new Franschhoek Valley Community Sport Centre was celebrated in style on Saturday with a festival of sport organised by SCORE.
For the past year SCORE has been working in the community, training young people in sports leadership. On Saturday this team of Young Leaders showed how much they had learnt by organising a fantastic day of activities.
Welcoming teams from Khayelitsha and HTA’s sister centre in Mbekweni, Paarl as well as teams from the Franschhoek Valley, the hundreds of spectators enjoyed hotly contested football, rugby, netball and handball competitions.
As well as the formal competitions, visitors enjoyed creating their own teams and playing on the inflatable soccer field as well as trying out the new indoor astro-turf pitch. Community members sold food from stalls and music provided a festive backdrop. For those seeking shade from the sun, the indoor games room was packed from morning to evening with young and old enjoying chess, draughts, Uno and very noisy games of dominos.
We congratulate the winners for the day:
Junior Netball – Pama Netball, Khayelitsha
Senior Netball – Mbekweni Sports Centre, Paarl
Under 9 Football – Khayelitsha
Under 11 Football – Team ‘Try Again’, Franschhoek
Under 13 Football – Khayelitsha
Senior Football – Westlife FC, Franschhoek
Even though the sport went on late into the evening, crowds remained to applaud the best players and winning teams at the festival’s award ceremony, with local choirs providing live entertainment. A fitting end to a fabulous day!
Nkosana Mguni, the Centre Manager, said “Since my arrival a year ago, this is the first time I have experienced people from all walks of life, and all parts of this community, coming together, having fun and participating side by side. And there was such a great feeling of happiness amongst everyone! This festival shows today what can and will happen in this beautiful facility in future”.
We would like to thank our sponsor for the day – Build It, Franschhoek – for their wonderful support and adidas for sharing their inflatable soccer field, a source of fun for many.