Kids at Castrol Holiday Camp
Sorry for the lack of updates over the past week, but it has been very busy here with World Cup fever in full swing!
The competition started in earnest on the 11th June, with the WhizzKids office heading to the Fan Fest down at the beach front to watch South Africa′s well deserved draw against Mexico.
The real work started on Monday with a load of great initiatives taking place. In Lamontville we are running match screenings and feeding schemes, as well as afternoon football and life skills sessions, which had a great turn out and continue to be well received by the kids. This was mirrored at our Health Academy in Edendale, with kids coming to watch the games, take part in Life Skills and football activities and get introduced to the services on offer at the Academy.
We ran two Castrol
holiday camps, one in Umlazi and one in Greyville and although the turnout was slightly lower than expected, the kids (and the US volunteers from SIT), had a great time, with even a few tears when it came to say goodbye at the end of the week! For many at the camps, the highlight was getting the opportunity to watch a World Cup game, courtesy of Sony
. We took graduates from the camps, as well as a selection of kids from Edendale, to watch Spain v Switzerland and Netherlands v Japan at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids to attend a World Cup game and a real challenge for all our chaperones to keep control of the kids who were so excited, running around in their multi colour bandanas, but it was all worthwhile!
Lastly on Friday, WKU managed a football pitch at a Fair Play for Africa
event at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi. We ran FIFA
fair play six a side matches for youths throughout the day, with around 50 matches played, as well as two of our Life Skills sessions with over 40 kids. It was great to provide further introductions to our programme in the community and ensure the youths at the public viewing event had somewhere they could play football in a structured environment.
This week we have our second camp in Umlazi, as well as our final game with kids, Nigeria v Korea. We will continue to keep you updated, and will update our World Cup gallery
on the website.