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Street Netball: Young Netball Stars Shine

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The Sporting Chance Street Netball regional finals took place on the streets of eight Cape communities on Youth Day, Friday 16 June, in a fitting celebration of Mzansi’s vibrant young people.


768 girls under the age of 13 competed in the regional finals which took place simultaneously from 10 am to 12:30 pm across the Cape communities of Grassy Park, Elsies River, Mitchell’s Plain, Khayelitsha, Langa, Mfuleni, Ocean View and Nomzamo.


The regional finals followed eight weeks of round-robin netball matches that have been taking place every Friday afternoon since the Street Netball campaign launched on the 21st of April.


The winning teams from the regional finals will now go through to battle it out at the Festival Finale, which will take place on Saturday the 29th of July inside the 2023 Vitality Netball World Cup (VNWC) Fan Park!


The two teams from each community – the winners and runners-up – who will go through to compete at the Festival Finale. They are:


Sri Lanka and Scotland from Langa:


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Langa’s winning team in the Street Netball Regional Finals on Friday 16 June was team Sri Lanka. Seen here from back left to right is Lwazi Matole (coach), Yivankosi Solombela (trophy) Avuyile Mayalo, Banoyolo Ntetwa, Siphosethu Ntshweng, Sinomtha Mini and Lethabo Malopo.


7 Strikers and Trevor Stars from Khayelitsha:


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Seen here are the players of the winning Street Netball team from Khayelitsha, the Strikers, who competed in the regional finals on Youth Day. From Left to Right are: Nokuzola Mathiso (coach), Anathi Timbela, Rethabile Mahana, Onele Qhola, Sibabaliwe Mzimba and Lisolethu Qwesha.


Battswood and Perivale from Grassy Park:


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Team Battswood from Grassy Park walked away with the regional trophy for their community. Seen here, from right to left are Mrs Mtembu (co-ordinator), Sinesipho Mbuli, Safeerah Cartnes, Jemma Wallace, Ayola Baxa, Cristencia Musidye and Mrs Elliott (coach).


South Africa and Trinidad from Ocean View:


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The winning team from the Street Netball Regional Finals for Ocean View is South Africa. Seen here from left to right are Patience Lemon, Kihanna Booysen, Tatum Arries, Edwin Joseph (coach), Rabia Petersen, Chelsea White and Thora Lamb.


Sunrise NC and Thembe-Elihle NC from Mfuleni:


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Team Sunrise from Mfuleni proudly took top spot at the Street Netball regional finals on Friday 16 June. Seen here from left to right are Likona Vokozela, Inam Dantyi, Akahulwa Lubilo, Ovuyo Gqiza, Isiphile Ngqoyiyana, Anathi Ntabankuku and Zikhona Gigi (coach)


Fiji and England from Mitchell’s Plain:


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Team Fiji were the regional winners from Mitchell’s Plain in Friday’s Street Netball Youth Day matches. Seen here from back left to right are Andrea and Ashlique and front left to right are Samiera and Imaan.


The Black Diamonds and Strand Kasi Queens from Nomzamo:


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The winning team from Nomzamo in the Street Netball Regional Finals held on Youth Day are The Black Diamonds. Seen here from left to right are: Endinako Mabala, Khanya Mde coach Silindokuhle Mvityo, Eyethu Mpokolo, Ona Mpalweni and Asenathi Nokhubela.


Ivon United and Avon Spurs from Elsies River: 


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Team Ivon United took first place in Elsies River during the Street Netball Regional Finals on Youth Day. Seen here from left to right are Tatum Atkins, JC Masalala, Kaitlin Abrahams, Jordan Atkins, Sharalena van Wyk, Hayley Booysen, and coach Guwayne Wyngaard (front)


Street Netball is an initiative conceived and co-ordinated by Sporting Chance (a youth sports development organisation based in Cape Town) to get children back out onto the streets to play sports and lead a healthy and active lifestyle.


It is also about guiding them towards future opportunities through the valuable lessons of sport.


The Street Netball initiative has seen all of the girls being given essential life skills training by supporting partner Emthonjeni Counselling and Training.


Topics covered over the weeks have included self-esteem, decision-making, surviving or striving, leadership, dreaming Big, managing stress and anxiety, sexual and reproductive health, hygiene, socio-economic empowerment, gender-based violence and keeping girls at school.


In addition to this, SA netball icon Phumza Maweni, and the Phumza Maweni Foundation, have been assisting to identify netball players that display exceptional talent and flair and will mentor and monitor their netball progress going forward.


“The Regional Finals were the perfect way to mark Youth Day – and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the young girls of our Cape communities – and showcase their netball skills,” says Brad Bing, managing director of Sporting Chance.


“We are grateful to all the sponsors, supporting partners, coordinators, coaches, players, and everyone involved who has made the Street Netball initiative possible and so successful to date.”


Street Netball is sponsored by the City of Cape Town and Sunbet Cares, and endorsed by the Cape Town Netball Federation and Netball South Africa.


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