In honour of the upcoming Youth Day holiday next week, CAST would like to introduce two of our new coaches working with youth in the community:
“Our aim is to change lives.”
Sibu’s heart for the boys in his community is evident. Growing up without a mom, Sibu is able to identify with many of the boys in Noodsberg who don’t have a parent actively present in their lives.
Originally from Tongaat, Sibu ended up in Noodsberg fifteen years ago after he became very sick. A gogo took him in and after Sibu recovered, the gogo saw Sibu’s potential for farming and encouraged him to pursue growing mealies.
When CAST brought Paradigm Shift to Noodsberg, Sibu was quick to join. It was at business forum that Sibu learned all about networking, which motivated him to ask Bongani, CAST’s Noodsberg Area Coordinator, about volunteering with the boys soccer team.
Sibu knocked on Bongani’s office door at the CAST Community Centre and said, “Give me your boys!”
Sibu (back row, on the right with soccer ball) and his team
True to his word, Sibu began training with the boys every weekday. He coaches a large group of boys, ranging from 13-23 years old. They train on a very small, informal pitch on the side of a field. The boys barely have enough room to run, but they have come to really enjoy being part of a team and having a consistent coach.
Despite all the challenges, Sibu says of coaching, “I like to be among people and tell them how life is.”
Sibu also has a desire to give back to his boys by teaching them how to farm. He wants them to not only be part of a team, but also develop a life skill they can use in the future.
A year ago, CAST started our very first sports team for girls. This initial tennis team in KwaDabeka has led to another girls basketball team in that community, as well as a girls netball team in Chibini.
One of the challenges CAST’s Youth Development Department has faced is finding female coaches for these teams. After posting a notice in the Westville Baptist Church bulletin for a tennis coach, CAST finally heard from a community member who was interested.
Jackie first approached CAST after hearing about the coaching opportunity from one of her friends who attends Westville Baptist Church. Interested in development work, Jackie was happy to utilize her experience in tennis. Under the direction of a new coach, the girls have grown in their tennis skills.
CAST relies on volunteers like Sibu and Jackie, who are passionate about reaching out to youth in the community. Without these volunteers, who consistently give of their time each week, CAST would be unable to run our youth programmes and offer sports opportunities to the youth. All of our programmes at CAST are “grassroot” by nature, being run by ordinary people, for ordinary people, but in ways that bring extraordinary results.
CAST is still looking for a girls basketball coach in KwaDabeka. If you are interested in coaching, please contact George Mwaura at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0795967364.
In addition, this coming Tuesday, 16 June, CAST will be hosting a Youth Day Celebration at KwaDabeka Baptist Church from 10am-2pm. Please feel free to join us as we celebrate the youth of KwaDabeka!