“It was a bit of a mission to organize a bunch of excited and energetic youngsters into a vehicle and cart them off to the adventure of their lifetimes, but we managed and it turned out to be a day that they would not soon forget.”
That is how the enthusiastic sport and outdoor organiser from the Haenertsburg Junior Soccer Initiative, Bronwyn Egan, described their visit to the Makgobaskloof Canopy Tours and Adventure Camp in Georges Valley.
This adventure camp took place from the 6th until the 7th of October. Aside from the various sports activities the 21 soccer players partook in, they also had the opportunity to enjoy camping and the delight of campfire stories told by the elders.
The Haenertsburg Junior Soccer Initiative is a club comprised of children from around the Georges Valley and
Makgobaskloof areas who are keen soccer players and needed a place where they could hone their skills, whilst learning valuable life skills.
Bongani Mangarela (coach) and Matomi Makgoga (assistant coach) accompanied the players on their adventure and through fun and exciting activities they managed to cement the bond among the boys.
“To explain the situation of the soccer players, these children live as far as 15 kilometres away from the closest soccer pitch, on hazy tracks that are bogged down in the rainy seasons,” explained Egan.
“The lack of boots, balls and goal posts puts a damper on their training, as does the sporadic nature of their means of transport. But just recently Copper Moon Events, Makgobaskloof Canopy Tours and Rotary Haenertsburg jumped on board to further bolster the confidence of these children, by arranging this amazing excursion.”
Egan expressed their thanks and appreciation to all involved in spoiling the children over those two days and assured them that their acts of kindness would not go unnoticed.
“Nathaniel, Marcus, and all the other members of staff who made us smile and laugh and kept us safe, much gratitude! Thank you for an amazing two days and the best sleepless night I’ve ever experienced!”