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Aspiring Netball players aim for the big stage <div>An initiative that started out with over 760 under-13 players from eight communities across the metro, has now come down to the final contenders. </div><div><br></div><div>The Street Netball Programme is an initiative of the Sporting Chance Foundation and forms part of Cape Town’s build up to the Vitality Netball World Cup. <br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1207px;" /></figure>​​</span>Since April, the aspiring netball players from Mitchell’s Plain, Langa, Grassy Park, Khayelitsha, Elsies River, Mfuleni, Nomzamo and Ocean View have taken part in street netball games every Friday in the various communities.</div><div><br></div><div>The best teams from each area will battle it out in the semi-finals tomorrow, 16 June 2023 for a place in the festival finals.</div><div><br></div><div>The winners will get the opportunity to play at the City of Cape Town Netball World Cup Fan Park outside the CTICC next month.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img class="responsive" src="" alt="" /></figure>​​</span>‘For the City of Cape Town, this is in part what this Netball World Cup is about; providing opportunities for emerging players to showcase their skills on a platform that will have a global spotlight on it, and with their heroes just a stone’s throw away. It is also fitting that on this Youth Day, these young people will be taking a step closer to what could be an exciting future for them in this sport,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security Alderman JP Smith.</div><div><br></div><div>Supported by the City’s Events Department and the Recreation and Parks Department, the Street Netball programme has been about more than just a Netball initiative, but a platform where the young girls learned valuable life skills.</div><div><br></div><div>This programme shows young girls that they already have what it takes to participate and take the next step towards achieving their goals. Street sports build confidence in the inherent skills of players and as a department, we are humbled to be able to showcase the talent and resourcefulness of our communities. We couldn’t be more proud,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.</div><div><br></div><div>The programme’s life skills component, administered by Emthonjeni Counselling and Training focused on keeping active and healthy, building self-esteem and general hygiene. </div><div><br><br></div><p>​</p>2023-06-14T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#3bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50;L0|#03bd13869-3207-4532-9db7-a4ca95867a50|JP Smith;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#3f57ea8a-3adb-4a8f-bb3a-0a20a62c7fe9;GP0|#76708040-a9a0-4c35-b2f7-41cf2ea6a593;L0|#076708040-a9a0-4c35-b2f7-41cf2ea6a593|CTICC;GP0|#4f0ed4de-f325-4c79-ad43-5623a0509108;L0|#04f0ed4de-f325-4c79-ad43-5623a0509108|Netball court;GP0|#f9891347-9853-4a33-be46-2fd52a61e835;L0|#0f9891347-9853-4a33-be46-2fd52a61e835|events;GP0|#ef3b9290-4059-4d92-ab4d-fb4f550c9a51;L0|#0ef3b9290-4059-4d92-ab4d-fb4f550c9a51|Recreation and Parks Department10

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