Street sport keeps kids active in Langa

With the school holidays getting closer, many pupils will need activities to keep them busy.

It is with this in mind that a group of young sports enthusiasts from Langa came together to deliver a weekly street sports programme.

Every Friday afternoon, for the past month, they’ve come together at a street in Langa; set up yellow drums as wickets, soccer poles and netball poles.

More than 50 youngsters take part in cricket, netball and street soccer every week.

Gugulethu Cricket Club captain and volunteer, Mbulelo Shane Nkomo, from Khayelitsha, said the street sports programme is sponsored by non-profit organisation, Sporting Chance.

Tomorrow, Friday December 2 at 1pm, there’s going to be finals of soccer, cricket, and netball in Washington Street, close to the Langa sports complex, he said. “There’ll be kids from different areas; there’s going to be like 100-plus kids playing cricket, soccer, and netball, on the streets of Langa. They are from Langa, Ocean View and Khayelitsha,” said Nkomo.

On Wednesday December 7, from 11am, they will host the Calypso Cricket Festival at Sunrise Beach in Muizenberg. For more information, contact Nkomo at 068 293 7437.

Mdumisi Nconde hopes to make the national cricket team someday. He is part of a group of youngsters who take part in the Streets Sports Programme hosted by Sporting Chance in Langa.
Ayakho Ndavu swings wide for a cover drive in Langa last week Friday.
Sphamandla Mahlanza in charging mode as a goal shooter in netball during a session outside the Langa sports complex.
Mbulelo Shane Nkomo with a smiling Mzimasa Majola and Xola Maqhula during one of their street sports sessions in Langa.