An Oasis for the future
Field in a Box due to collaborative effort by Uefa Foundation for Children and FedEx Express
MEC for cultural affairs and sport Anroux Marais officially opened a sports field at the weekend in Phillippi which she believes will help bring about a “collective mind shift” in the community while benefitting young people.
The venue was made possible due to collaboration with the Uefa Foundation for Children and FedEx Express.
The Field in a Box programme uses football as a platform to improve life skills and connect young people in communities around the world to new possibilities.
The day saw various guests, which included former South African soccer star Lucas Radebe, in attendance.
Speaking at the opening ceremony Marais said: “I am absolutely delighted to be present and a part of this significant launch of this Field in a Box pitch at Oasis in Phillippi.
“Making the occasion even more auspicious is that this facility is centrally located, making it accessible to our youth who are in dire need of positive development through sport.
“Within the brief time that I have become acquainted with the Oasis team and with each interaction, I am blown away by their enthusiasm to effect real change in our most vulnerable communities through sport and the provision of positive lifestyle coaching,” Marais said.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this innovative, exciting and sustainable project will redress the socioeconomic challenges we are all affected by on a daily basis.”
She thanked the key role players, saying that through their proactive efforts she was convinced that the facility would become a beacon of hope and an enabling environment for the holistic development of individuals and the upliftment of communities.
“I thank all who had a hand in the success of this launch, the progress Oasis has already made and those who will drive this much needed welloiled machine in the years to come.
“Your selfless contributions are much appreciated and does not go unnoticed.
“I wholeheartedly thank the Uefa Foundation for Children, Fedex and Street Football World for investing in the potential of our youth and capitalising on the promise the greater Western Cape has to offer to the benefit of all who call it home.”
Marais said she was sure that the new development would enable a mind shift in the community.
“I am sure that all who are to make use of the field will leave more empowered and determined to live a life of value, one which positively influences others.”
DELIGHTED: Cultural affairs and sport MEC Anroux Marais opened the sports field in Oasis, Philippi.