Holiday Program provides Safe Place to Play.

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Against the backdrop of drugs, alcohol, abuse and gangsterism, City of Refuge is confident that it has a solution for the social ills of Hangberg. A solution which transcends age, class, race and gender divides; a diverse language that has the power to transform communities. Inspired by the belief that “a child in sport is a child out of court”, the team aims to provide organised sports programmes to give young people a healthy alternative to their current context; and in so doing raise a few professional athletes along the way.

“Our biggest challenge in the area is the school drop-out rate, as a direct result of the temptations that teens face on a daily basis. By getting them off the streets, we can harness their energy towards positive play, teach them new skills and give them a platform whereby they can showcase their talents,” says Project Manager Nash Booysen, a professional sports coach with extensive drug counselling experience.

Coaches: Back Row: Diego and Washington Middle Row: Nolene, Erica, Janneleen, Lucinda Front Row: Shola, Robin, Tarryn, Nash, Candice (and Joshua)

Coaches:
Back Row: Diego and Washington
Middle Row: Nolene, Erica, Janneleen, Lucinda
Front Row: Shola, Robin, Tarryn, Nash, Candice (and Joshua)

Nash Booysen and his team from City of Refuge Sports Development  hosted a week long sports holiday program for 280 children at the Hangberg Sports and Recreation Hall and field over the school holidays. The City of Cape Town assisted with the facilities and James House’s Child Care Workers joined in as well! Providing a safe space to play board games, table tennis, jump rope, cricket, volleyball, basketball, handball, and soccer while discussing interpersonal skills and providing lunch daily.
For more information contact Nash at 084 397 8260

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