The end of the year. People are spending time with their families. Schools are closed, and the youth are roaming around. A perfect set up for a two-week tournament. That is what we did in Tshakhuma, Limpopo from 20 December until 4 January 2014.
Mavu’s role is to assist the local sport council in the improvement and growth of their organization for this community tournament.
Junior Soccer teams competed in two categories, and their battles where on a good level. However, in future we would like to see more teams involved in this annual tournament.
The senior Soccer teams where much better prepared for their survival of the fittest. In two groups they fought for 1st and 2nd place to enter the semi finals. And only the best competed in the finals. That particular final ended up being so competitive, with a crowd of over 3000 people, that it had to be replayed a couple of days later. Again in front of 2000 spectators, Maweja FC won the trophy for the second consecutive time.
However, last year more sporting codes being played. It shows that such a community tournament is only a reflection of what is out there, and who is involved. A increasing involvement during the entire year will support all developments.
Through this tournament we managed to keep the community busy, active and brought them together. The organization got more involvement from other teams than last year, and there is a positive attitude towards working together in setting up more tournaments for sustainable development. The main focus are therefore the juniors.
December time did inspire people in Dutch town Oldenzaal to show their true colors. Here you read three different stories of how much influence one town has on South African sports development for 2014.
TCC de Thij – Marathon
PE teachers at high school Twents Carmel College – De Thij, organized a Soccer and Volleyball marathon on 19 December 2013. A big group of enthusiastic learners played different teams from inside and outside the school for many hours. By doing so they raised money that would end up being donated to Mavu. Playing sports to enable South Africans, who otherwise can’t, to play too. www.tccdethij.nl
AB4Support – Adopts a School Competition
Business owner Antoinette Benneker celebrates the 10 year anniversary of AB4 Support, a business that supports organizations with its administration, events and management. For this special occasion she was looking for a special cause to support. Mavu is so honored that they are the one cause she chose. Antoinette adopted a school competition. Later on this year she will visit the project with her husband and teenage son. http://www.ab4support.nl/goed-doel.html
De Missietent – Fair
During September kids enjoy attractions, sweets and gambling at the main annual fair. And one stand people usually never pass without participating. The missietent is a place where people buy tickets and can win prices, of which are donated by local businesses. The money raised is divided over several causes, and South African School children are happy to be one of them. The funds will go to the introduction of school sport at several rural schools in Limpopo.