Sport is the easiest way to make disadvantaged children rise above their poor circumstances, and that is what West Coast Sports Solutions is trying to do.
Ethan Engelbrecht from Hopefield is one of the players who can go on tour, standing here with two U/20 Australian players, Massimo De Lutiis (prop) and Jackson Ropata (centre) at the Danie Craven Stadium in Stellenbosch. This was before the game which the visitors won quite comfortably against Fiji on Saturday.
Unfortunately, sports come with enormous expenses, which unfortunately many parents cannot afford. In Vredenburg, Velddrif and Hopefield, parents are left with this headache, after their respective sons were selected to play rugby overseas. The boys were recently recruited from group matches in Outeniqua in George, into a Southern Cape 0/19 rugby tour team which will tour and play rugby in the British Isles from 30 September to 9 October. The expenses were above the parents’ income, and the boys’ school did not seem interested in helping the parents.
PARENTS LOSE HOPE
Some of the parents threw in the towel after a few attempts, which according to West Coast Sports Solutions (WCSS) could again have a detrimental effect on the boys. The seven boys from Weston Senior Secondary School in Vredenburg, were selected to play rugby overseas. (And that’s a big achievement for any rugby player)
One of the parents contacted WCSS out of desperation to make her son’s dream come true. To protect the identity of the boy, we are not going to mention the names of the parents.
RUGBY PLAYERS DOESN’T GET RECOGNITION
“My husband and I approached businesses to help us with sponsors or donations.” “Although they were willing to help, they could only do it through our son’s school,” said a visibly sad mother. “I was at the school several times, but had to listen to so many excuses. “One of them was that the school is bankrupt.”
Several parents WCSS spoke to told similar stories about the school. One of the boys said: “not a single day was mentioned at school that we’re in the tour team that made it overseas.” “Nothing, and this after our seven boys were selected from more than 2,500 rugby players nationwide, nobody at our school knows about it.””The school didn’t even have a story published about us in newspapers.”
That’s the sad story that WCSS had to hear from a boy who was clearly disappointed. To help one boy or girl, you can make a huge difference, because those young people will be able to make a difference for other young people. West Coast Sports Solutions is today imploring South Africans to help us help us help the boys and other future leaders.
VISA NOT PAID YET
This morning a mother sends a voice note that her son’s visa still needs to be paid. With two months to go, the clock is ticking for her son. Tomorrow we have another gangster who abuses drugs and alcohol, and could be the cause of another teenage pregnancy
No one wants to admit it, but this is the reality, that’s why WCSS tries everything to uplift less privileged children through sports.
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