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Make a trade – skills for a few hours on your sports field

Now in it’s sixth year, the Christian Soccer League (CSL) has aspirations of increasing the number of teams participating so that at the end of the season, they’ll have more money to give to charities.

They also hope that the community will come forward and join hands with them to reach as many people in need as possible.

One of the league’s organisers, Terence Mandizadza, said that the league was founded by Albert Shamu back in 2014, and mainly incorporated teams from Strand.

That figure grew and today 12 teams represent the Strand area, one team in Eerste River and one team from Stellenbosch.

“Most of the players hail from churches in the area. The founder said to us that he feels something in his heart to give back to the community, and so we started this league. Every team enters with R2 300, and at the end of the season, the league winners take a portion of that money and hand it to a charity of their choice.”

Mandizadza said that one of the biggest challenges facing the league is the costs associated with playing at a soccer field.

“Everytime we play at Gustrouw we have to pay an amount of R450. It’s cheaper at Stellenbosch at R250, but then transport becomes an expense. The more money we spend, the less we have at the end of the season for charity.”

Mandizadza explained that the CSL is looking to partner up with members of the community, sports clubs and organisations to help maximise the contributions towards charities.

“All our players are employed and we all have skills. We hope to come to an agreement with other sports clubs or schools in the area regarding doing a job, such as painting or fixing something, in return for our players to be allowed to play one or two games at the grounds. This is what we are looking for. Let us make a trade – our skills for a few hours on your sports field,” Mandizadza said.

The CSL has in the past given towards various charities in the area, such as Mama Lumka Children’s Home in Nomzamo, Joya Children’s Home also in Nomzamo, and iKhaya le Themba Outreach in Zola.

“We are not asking for any money. We are all employed,” Mandizadza stressed. “This is about the charity and for the benefit of the poor and needy. We appeal to the community to assist us with a trade so that more funds can be directed towards those who need it the most.”

V Mandizadza can be contacted at 074 690 7087.

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