Last year we decided to let our kids play soccer – in order to keep them occupied and active. Soccer isn’t played anywhere in Hopefield, so the boys were literally thrown into the deep end…
For their first match they had to compete in a tournament for primary schools, presented by Build-it in Vredenburg. Frank van Rhyn, a sport- and recreation official from Vredenburg, was the driving force behind the initiative. He travelled to Hopefield for two days to teach the boys the basics of team soccer. There wasn’t any shortage of enthusiasm, and for those two days there were enough boys to pick two teams.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of funding, only 14 of the boys ever made it to the Built-it tournament in Vredenburg. And even that was only possible do to the personal contributions of Bjorn Witbooi and Hilton Lewis – two supportive community members who paid the taxi fare.
That Saturday morning the rising soccer stars undertook their journey to Vredenburg – and soccer was the only topic under discussion along the way. The excitement was almost tangible…
In Vredenburg, they found out that would have to face the Western Cape u/12 champions in their first game. The Hopefield boys with their utter lack of experience were no match for St Helena Bay Primary School, and lost 0-6. The St Helena Bay Primary School team also won the tournament (out of 13 teams) in true form.
Despite the fact that they lost to champions, their confidence was somewhat shaken. So before their second (and last) match, I did my best to motivate them. They picked themselves up and played as best as they could. At half time they were trailing 0-1, but despite the obvious pressure they remained positive. I encouraged the – because enjoying the match is (at their age anyway) much more important than winning.
At the start of the second half, something happened…
Something for which they worked very hard.
The smallest player on the team scored a goal – and jubilation erupted.
I thought to myself “thank you, Lord”. These kids, who knew nothing about soccer, strategies and techniques, were ecstatic. They went on to lose 1-2, but they have already forgotten their first, “white wash” match
This tournament was presented last year, and the kids still ask me when they will have another opportunity to play again…
(every time we meet on the street)
PLEASE support our efforts to make it happen for them
In order to motivate the kids, we want to supply them with clothing (shirts, short and socks), as well as soccer balls to train with.
In order to accomplish that, we have organised a special event on 16 June 2017 – very befitting, if I may say so:
On National Youth day, Cape Coast Youth is organising a “lang arm” dance at the Hopefield community hall.
Smart Vision – a band from Srpingbok in Namaqualand. They have been described as “the best that ever played in Hopefield”.
Limited seats available:
Tickets are available in advance for R70 each – if there are any left available on the night of the dance, they will be available at the door, but for R80 each.
In Vredenburg, tickets can be purchased from Shaldine – she works at MJ Sound and Cash Traders.
We have awesome prizes for the night – sponsored by Nedbank and Juffroushoogte. Yours might just be a lucky ticket…
Thank you in advance for your choice to support our efforts to keep our children away from negative elements on their way.