Tour­na­ment aims to in­spi­re

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The inau­gu­ral He­ri­ta­ge Day Foot­ball Tour­na­ment, spon­so­red by Sa­ma­ra Pri­va­te Ga­me Re­ser­ve, coi­n­ci­ded with this ce­le­bra­ted pu­blic ho­li­day at the U­ma­si­zak­he Soccer S­ta­di­um in Graaff-rei­net on Mon­day, 24 Sep­tem­ber.

An­ne­ley Grad­well, an as­sis­tant ma­na­ger at Sa­ma­ra, was in­stru­men­tal in get­ting the e­vent off the ground.

Grad­well said the youth of Graaff-rei­net need sup­port to see a fu­tu­re for them­sel­ves.

“Too ma­ny end up get­ting in­vol­ved in d­rugs and cri­me be­cau­se it seems li­ke the­re is no ot­her op­ti­on.”

The slo­gan for the tour­na­ment, Ma­si­ba­ba­nye y­ey­et­hu son­ke, en­cap­su­la­tes the spi­rit of the i­ni­ti­a­ti­ve, ba­sed on in­clu­si­vi­ty and acces­si­bi­li­ty, ho­pe and op­por­tu­ni­ty, me­a­ning: “We must be one, it's ours”

She said the tour­na­ment was a way of mo­ti­va­ting young­sters to chal­len­ge them­sel­ves and think a­bout their pur­po­se in li­fe.

“E­ver­yo­ne has a pur­po­se - and s­port can help to ma­ke that pur­po­se cle­ar, as well as keeping them bu­sy af­ter school,” said Grad­well.

She said the ga­me re­ser­ve al­re­a­dy con­tri­bu­tes to the com­mu­ni­ty, es­pe­ci­al­ly through em­ploy­ment.

“Sa­ma­ra’s di­rec­tor, Sa­rah Tomp­kins wan­ted to help mo­re, and I sug­ge­sted that foot­ball could be a good start.” P­ho­to: Ja­son Mil­ford.

The knock-out foot­ball tour­na­ment broug­ht to­get­her 8 te­ams of boys a­ged 15 to 30 y­e­ars old, main­ly from the com­mu­ni­ties of As­her­vil­le, Kroon­va­le and U­ma­si­zak­he.

The win­ning te­am was the Dan­ge­rous Dar­kies who be­at the Por­ti­cal Bi­rds 3-0 in the fi­nal af­ter G­reg Da­vids sco­red two go­als in the last fi­ve mi­nu­tes.

Da­vids was na­med Man of the Ma­tch - an im­promp­tu but de­ser­ved ac­co­la­de.

“It was not part of the ar­ran­ge­ments, but if you see so­meo­ne doing well you must prai­se and sup­port them.”

Thi­rd pla­ce was ta­ken by the Moroc­co Eag­les. E­ach play­er in the top three te­ams re­cei­ved a me­dal. W­hen it co­mes to the fu­tu­re of the tour­na­ment, Grad­well is a­da­mant that this is just the be­gin­ning.

She would li­ke to see the e­vent ex­ten­ded beyond foot­ball to ot­her s­ports in­clu­ding net­ball and a­cross age groups to in­clu­de 13 to 15-y­e­ar-olds. She al­so ho­pes to in­vol­ve schools and e­ven­tu­al­ly the en­ti­re Bey­ers Nau­de mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty, in­clu­ding tho­se li­ving on farms in the re­gi­on.

She said the ga­me re­ser­ve would li­ke to thank all tho­se who par­ti­ci­pa­ted, con­tri­bu­ted and sup­por­ted the He­ri­ta­ge Day Foot­ball Tour­na­ment.

“We ho­pe to con­ti­nue this tour­na­ment y­e­ar af­ter y­e­ar, and look for­ward to wor­king with ot­her sta­ke­hol­ders to en­coura­ge the youth of the re­gi­on to be­lie­ve in their fu­tu­re.”

Re­pre­sen­ta­ti­ves from Sa­ma­ra, the ma­yor’s of­fi­ce and the lo­cal soccer club at­ten­ded the e­vent.

The win­ning te­am, the Dan­ge­rous Dar­kies who be­at the Por­ti­cal Bi­rds 3-0 in the fi­nal.

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