An Oa­sis for the fu­ture

Field in a Box due to col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort by Uefa Foun­da­tion for Chil­dren and FedEx Ex­press

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - Western Cape News - NA­DINE FORD-KRITZINGER nadinef@the­newage.co.za

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 well-oiled 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.”

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DE­LIGHTED: Cul­tural af­fairs and sport MEC An­roux Marais opened the sports field in Oa­sis, Philippi.

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