Streetball – Nyanga KTC

A few months ago myself and a couple of mates were invited to come and experience a day out in Nyanga, KTC area. Sifiso told us that they are starting a new initiative to try get the youth off the street through sport and music by running a series of events on the outdoor court they created inj the KYC Township.

The new Mylife Project logo...I really like it!

A few months ago myself and a couple of mates were invited to come and experience a day out in Nyanga, KTC area. Sifiso told us that they are starting a new initiative to try get the youth off the street through sport and music by running a series of events on the outdoor court they created inj the KYC Township. We arrived at the event arena only to see about 100 kids all over the place, dancing, playing with the balls, crowding around the trophy and just having a jol!

Me and Calvin catching a breather...

We felt a bit bad all in our kit for the 5-a-side, whilst other guys just played in what they had on. So we just played in shorts and no tops to kind of blend in to the surroundings. Although, Linzi said it was good that we wore kits, so that the kids could see that they needs kits to show they are a team etc.

Mark Habib on the ball...

At half time of the rounds of games there was an hour music session where Sifiso along with other artists did some reggae and rap songs for the kids. Then the kids were given a chance to show their talents on the microphone, where the one boy actually blew me away with his talents and more so style on the mic, at the tender age of 9!!!

My man ripping up the microphone...Legend!

After the games were done there was a prize giving ceremony where the winning team was awarded the floating trophy and we gave a few kids some of our spare soccer kits. All in all it was a great day and I really hope that now after the World Cup has passed this initiative can grow to new heights!

Prize Giving

Sifiso Jezile has summurised the purpose of the Streetball initiative for me below:

“Our programmes have been running for years at grass roots and have developed with a bottom-up approach, building trust with the streets through various initiatives chosen by the youth and children we serve. Our young leaders are now going back into their communities to mobilise action through physical activities such as street soccer, dancing and music.”

Mark looking for a through ball from me

“By combining music and sport we are reaching a wider audience and making an impact on more children than ever anticipated. We are using these platforms for prevention and diversion by bringing HIV/AIDS, crime, gangsterism and drug awareness and support to the community and prevent children from landing up on our streets.”

Myslef taking a free kick

The Streetball Concept:

The Street ball concept is one of the latest initiative’s that combine both our current inner-city and outer-city programs. The concept is all about keeping the kids busy on the weekends, giving them something to do and a platform to exhibit their talents.

Marie, Calvin Ferreira, Myself, Mark Habib and Lance Connolly behind the Trophies...

Sponsorship/Donation Opportunities:

  • Soccer Balls
  • Training/Coaching equipment
  • Team Kits
  • Officials Kits
  • Shoes and socks for participants
  • Nutritional food and cooldrinks

Lance and Mark taking some time out to watch the others and chat to the youngsters...

Advertising Space:

  • Soccer Goals
  • Boundary Boards
  • Shade Structures
  • Facility Developement
  • Branding
  • Stand Strustures
  • Posters
  • Transportation Vehicles

Me and another little legend.

I really can’t wait for the next event and have gathered some old kits, bibs, balls, a kit bag and a whistle myself to donate toward the next tournament. If you are fortunate enough to bring anything at all to the table it would be much appreciated!

Ard Matthews of Just Jinger...Just one of the many MyLife Ambassadors!

MylifE Foundation
5 Maynard Street
Gardens
Cape Town, 8000
Tel: 27 21 461 0280
www.mylife.org.za

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  1. Mr. Cape Town July 20, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

    What a great experience. Can’t wait for the next one!

    Let me or Linzi know if you are keen to enter a team, or willing to contribute anything from food to clothing towards the initiative!

    Be The Change!

    • Ndyebo Biyana November 11, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

      Re: Invitation to World Aids Day Street Soccer TNT

      Dear Mr. Capuka (Chairperson)

      On behalf of the Ajax Cape Town Supporters KTC Branch in partnership with Phuhla KTC Youth Forum, we would like to extend a formal invitation to you to our World Aids day street soccer tournament, which will take place at KTC community Hall on the 1 December 2011 at 09:00 am. We will be having a one day Tournament that will include Wellness, Awareness, Life Skills HIV Testing and Counseling and many more. This event will be attended by 176 Youth players that will participate in the tournament, Community Members, and local schools
      It will honor us greatly if you could come participate in this tournament and grace the occasion with your kind presence. This invitation also extends to all members of your association. We will forward a complete draft of the program to you in a few days so that you know what will happen. We thank you for your time and consideration are we looking forward to seeing you at the event.
      Thank you
      For more information you can call the Coordinators on the following numbers
      Mr. Ndyebo Biyana Cell 0789442056 email biyana@webmail.co.za
      Mr. Xolani Sicamba Cell 0787301233
      Yours in Sport and Community development
      Ndyebo Biyana
      Xolani Sicamba

  2. Alon Bitton July 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    Good Article,

    The next time there is a opportunity please invite me I would like to help out.

    • sifiso jezile July 21, 2010 at 11:01 am #

      thanx Alon ill sure hook u up when i have the next tournament peace ..and thank u too dylan your blog is dope my man keep up the good work

  3. Mr. Cape Town July 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    Shot, no worries Fifi anytime brother.

  4. lance July 22, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    what a great day, will def get involved in another one soon! thanks my life…

  5. Grayn July 29, 2010 at 11:36 pm #

    I had no idea when I was watching street ball when I was visiting that it was done by an organization to help keep the children occupied. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Keep up the great work!

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