Community Views

Community Views

“I think the Centre is a good place for the people of my community, because it will groom champions for Mbekweni, it will also help to decrease the crime rate. I also think the centre is a safe place for the small children of my community. I even learned many things about HIV/AIDS because we don’t know many things about HIV/AIDS. I learned the way to communicate with other people outside South Africa.”

Mbekweni Community Sports Centre User

“Here at the Centre I have also met many people, people who enjoy sport. I also like sport and when we play together you get to know each other better. The sport we do here helps me to communicate and have fun with my friends, I have made good friends here.”

WGILS participant

“I am very grateful for this opportunity that Mbekweni Community Sport Centre has afforded us, now we can make informed choices in our career paths”

WGILS participant

“People used to discriminate against me because I’m disabled. I could never play football, but now I am playing with able bodied children too!”

Sinako participant

“I feel great that the sports centre was built here in Mbekweni because some of the youth that are using drugs are not using them regularly anymore. More people are now taking part in sport and when people play sport they are safe. They don’t do drugs and also don’t have time to do wrong things that they usually do, e.g. house breaking and stealing etc. We need to teach youth about drug awareness and also about things that are happening outside so that we can be great leaders for the next generation.”

Mbekweni Community Sports Centre User (age 17)

“I am very happy to be reunited with these boys. They were playing for my junior teams but left sport and experimented with different drugs, so it’s good to see them playing sport again”

Mzimkhulu Godlo, a HTA/SCORE Sports facilitator

“I was a former gangster, but since playing cricket I have learned respect and discipline. Now I play cricket and socialise. I am free.”

Mbekweni Cricket Club Captain

“The WGILS is something I really enjoy. I love sport and I love people. I come from a poor place and it is nice coming to the Mbekweni Community Sports Centre to do sport. I do sport because I don’t want become involved in doing bad things, things like drinking and using drugs, like some of my friends do who don’t do sport. On a Monday I know I come here, do WGILS and go home. What I learn at WGILS makes me think about my life and what choices I make… I want to make good choices”

Interview with a WGILS participant.