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City shoots, scores with mini netball tournament<div>The mini tournament came just weeks after the unveiling of the first of a series of murals linked to the Netball World Cup 2023.</div><div><br></div><div>As part of the build up to the tournament, the Recreation and Parks Department aims to raise the profile of the game in the community.<br></div><div><br></div><div>‘By linking this mini tournament to the department’s weekly after school netball programme, which is a community-based netball development and capacity building programme, we hope to not only create an awareness of the sport but also inspire a new generation of players.<br></div><div><br></div><div>‘The programmes go beyond facilitating physical activity and have several health and other benefits such as an increased use and ownership of community facilities and building community relations,’ said the Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia Van der Ross.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:986px;" /> </figure>​</span>The first mini tournament was aimed at primary schools in Langa and was won by Thembani Primary School, with Mokone Primary School second and Moshesh Primary School in third place.<br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:802px;" /> </figure>​​</span>More programmes aimed at high schools and local teams will follow. </div><div> </div><div>The programme runs every Friday afternoon after school on a rotational basis between three facilities in Langa - the Langa Indoor Sports Centre, Langa Hall and Monwabisi Recreation Centre. <br></div><div><br></div><div>‘Recreation centres in a number of areas have started netball-focused afterschool programmes to provide opportunities, predominantly aimed at girls, to be active and to promote healthy living. I want our youth to visit their closest community centre to find out how they can join the programme and become active. We’re not only promoting netball, but a healthy lifestyle as well,’ said Councillor Van der Ross.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"><img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:960px;" /> </figure>​​</span>The programme focuses on active communities and all aspects of sportsmanship that can make one a great netball player including fitness, agility, ball passing and catching skills, footwork, netball rules of play and teamwork. </div><div><br></div><div>Those that are interested in coaching/umpiring a netball game can come learn this skill if they’re not keen to play and, while it’s aimed at teenage girls, boys are welcome to join.</div><div><br></div><div>Implementation of the programme will be in partnership with local clubs that have the skills to build and coach teams and mentor netballers and the Department will assist with netball equipment such as balls, bibs, and cones.<br></div><div><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img src="" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure>​​</span>‘The City recognises the importance of raising awareness about all that it has to offer netball enthusiasts, and will continue to drive and encourage participation even after 2023,’ added Councillor Van der Ross.</div><div><br></div><div>More information on the Langa mural can be found here:</div><div> mural marks 365 days to Netball World Cup</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 1:</strong> Councillor Patricia van der Ross with the trophy and medals.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 2:</strong> The team from Thembani Primary School celebrate their win. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 3:</strong> From left are Nombongo Maseti, a play leader with Recreation and Parks, Councillor Van der Ross, Thembani Primary School player Ronica Free and educator at Mokone Primary School Jacob Mfini.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 4:</strong> The teams were excited to be part of the tournament.</div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><br></p>2022-10-13T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#8b537570-ec64-4d35-bfda-4a5a82587b65;L0|#08b537570-ec64-4d35-bfda-4a5a82587b65|sport;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#68c4f1e6-ecaa-448f-af9b-d20905ece7db;L0|#068c4f1e6-ecaa-448f-af9b-d20905ece7db|Recreation;GP0|#4f0ed4de-f325-4c79-ad43-5623a0509108;L0|#04f0ed4de-f325-4c79-ad43-5623a0509108|Netball court10

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