Cape Town Games
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Last weekend saw over 200 young people unite in joy and games at this year’s edition of the Cape Town Games in Kuils River:

 

Cape Town, South Africa (29 May 2024) — Last weekend, over 200 young people came together to enjoy this year’s edition of the Cape Town Games at the Sarepta Sport and Recreation Centre based in Kuils River.

From dominoes to soccer and table tennis and dibeke to morabaraba, there were a variety of games on offer for the 232 participants representing their slices of the city in the different events.

Through the Recreation and Parks Department’s Youth League Afterschool programme, young people are encouraged to leap into their own curiosity, learn new skills, make friendships and enjoy the character development that comes with competing, even if it is just in friendly competitions.

Beyond getting to experience the joys of youth in this way, programmes like this also play a big role in keeping young people busy, and less susceptible to negatively impactful influences that plague many communities in Cape Town.

The domino effect of the good that comes from recreational opportunities has been seen before, with the likes of afterschool dominoes clubs having prided themselves on keeping young people out of gangs).

“We are delighted with the turnout and the high level of competition witnessed at this year’s Cape Town Games. These games are more than just about about winning and are about community, development and fostering a love of sport and recreation among our youth,” shared Mayco member for Community Services and Health, Patricia van der Ross. 

In a South Africa where sport and games are such a big part of our culture, it only makes sense that more efforts should be made to make opportunities like this as accessible as possible. After all, sometimes it just takes one game, passion, or one teammate to change the trajectory of your life for the best.


Sources: City of Cape Town
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