By Sonja Andrews 19 Sept 2011
The 2011 Ubumbano Lwentsha Youth Engagement football and netball tournaments kicked off on the 4th
of June. This was the first tournament after the end of the Wellcome Trust’s two-year Youth Engagement grant so we were especially grateful to the South African Netball Federation and South African Football Association for generously providing us with their professional referees for the matches. The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Sport and Recreation were also very generous in donating eight sets of balls and also netball and soccer jerseys.
This year Norwood/Ward 5 was included for the first time in the area covered, so in all there were 65 teams involved, comprising 31 netball and 34 football teams. A total of 52 matches took place, culminating up to the finals on the 9th of August 2011, played at Esilethukukhanta High School.
At the matches, Voluntary Counselling and HIV Testing were done on 145 individuals. Health Education team talks were also given to a total of 51 sports squads.
The winners of the football tournament were Mapheleni who defeated Khula Nomathiya 2 -1 in the final. They were presented with their prize of R5,000 by the Deputy Director of the Africa Centre, Dr Kobus Herbst. Mapheleni also won the previous tournament held in 2010.
The winners of the netball tournament were Mfekayi, beating Khula village 32-8 in the final. They also received a prize of R5,000.
You can read much more about Ubumbano Lwentsha Youth Engagement project by clicking here.