What is the issue?
The junior footballers reside in Masiphumelele, located in the Fish Hoek valley of Cape Town. Masiphumelele is an impoverished suburb, with sub-economic housing, consisting of council flats, low-cost housing, back yard dwellings and informal settlements next to a wetland. Their homes are commonly referred to as “shacks”. The children’s ages range from 8 to 16 years old, with their home language being isiXhosa.
The issues within the living conditions of the junior footballers are, among others, few leisure activities, low self-esteem, criminal activity in various forms, very few male role models, few aspirations and few challenges involving joy and responsibilities.
There are some opportunities for recreational activities in Masiphumelele. However, there are insufficient resources to meet the needs for all its children. Many of the young footballers’ parents opt for their children to join a football club, knowing that their children need healthy activities to off-set the possibility of boredom and anti-social behaviour such as drug taking and gangsterism.
Although not obviously a panacea for all Masiphumelele’s socio-economic and contextual challenges, organised football does and will make a substantial and sustainable difference to the lives the young people.
Little CHAMP Sleague’s part in addressing these issues:
littleCHAMPSleague, albeit with challenges, focuses on providing soccer matches, engaging with the wholistic development of the children during this football activity. This involves engaging with what does it mean to lose, to win, to treat others with respect, to play, to work hard, to be disciplined and committed, to be accountable to the team and teammates, to have purpose in representing pride and honour in the form of wearing their respective club’s badge, to be responsible in a healthy pursuit.
At the clubs based in Masiphumelele there are strong male role models in the form of the senior members and coaches, mainly fathers of some of the juniors, who have volunteered to help with managing the respective age grouped teams. But help is needed ….provision for football for the children requires soccer kit, gear and equipment.
Your help with funding will certainly help!
We are raising funds to buy football boots for kids in a local Township in South Africa. Please help us to enable them to participate in matches.