BHP Billiton Growing Dreams in Sharpeville
When Dreamfields and our founding sponsor BHP Billiton headed out to Sharpeville on a crisp autumn morning we were doing more than just bringing joy to the children for one day. We were there to give this community of 11 primary schools the resources and inspiration to make football part of school life for 2013 and many years to come.
Take a look at this guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnfUPbrguEc
Imagine what we could do in our schools with more people like this;
This ball of fire is Glen Mothibe, a teacher and coach at Rakale Thabang Primary, a school in the Pretoria community of Ga-Rankuwa. He has been coaching the school teams for two years and whatever he is doing it seems to work. His team won this particular match, held to launch the first ever Ga-Rankuwa DreamLeague, by a comfortable margin.
Mothibe has been coaching Rakale Thabang’s footballers for two years and he’s very excited that the DreamLeague will give them more regular opportunities to play and learn. “With league soccer we are going to get more of a chance to develop skills,” he says. “One day some of these girls may even play for Banyana Banyana.”
Teachers are at the heart of everything that Dreamfields is trying to achieve. They are our Dream Growers in Chief.
Back in 2011, we received an email that filled our hearts. It was from Marlize Keyser, a teacher at Ysterplaat Primary in Cape Town, who wrote to Dreamfields regarding the football equipment we’d given her school the previous year: “You changed Ysterplaat Primary with one DreamBag.”
“That one bag gave the children a purpose, pride, a sense of belonging and responsibility. It's a great tool for good discipline in the classroom, because as a teacher and coach the kids know that they won't be allowed to play the next match if they don't do their work or hand in projects."
“When I started teaching at Ysterplaat three years ago there was no sport and we struggled with kids involved with drugs, gangs and poor discipline. Today we have four soccer and four netball teams, regardless of the fact that we don't have a field to practise on and that we have never played a home match before. We applied for Lotto funding and are hoping for the best.”
Hoping for the best … Sometimes the best happens to people who take hope into their own hands. Last August, we heard from Marlize again, to say that Lotto had awarded Ysterplaat Primary R180 000. “We want to spend our money in the best possible way,” she wrote. “Can you please advise us on where we can find an affordable trustworthy landscaper?”
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