Sport speaks a universal language, a language that breaks down barriers and cuts though income and ethnic divides. Durban Green Corridors is committed to using sport as a tool for developing the young people in Durban because of our belief in the power of sport to positively change young lives.
The Durban Green Corridors Youth Programme (Sportgarten) provides after school sports activities to over 700 children from the Inanda, KwaDabeka and KwaMashu areas. The Sportgarten comprises of cycling, paddling, indigenous games and athletics. This initiative also provides work for 15 sports coaches from the local areas.
There is definitely no shortage of talent among these children! In May, the Go Cycle Academy participated in the SA Marathon Championship at Cascades for the first time and the cycling team managed to get top honours in various events.
On the 27th May, The Department of Sport and Recreation hosted the annual Youth Trail Run at eNanda Adventures. With this event the Department of Sport & Recreation is aiming to promote healthy lifestyles among young people and encourage participation in recreational activities. From this event, the department selected 25 children to represent the district in the Comrades Youth Run and also selected 25 young girls to participate on Durban Spar Ladies Marathon which will take place on the second week of June. The event had more than 500 participants from 25 schools around Durban.
In the other news our paddling team has recently dominated on the SA Canoeing Champs snatching 12 medals. Their coach Patrick was very delightful with the performance and he foresees future Duzi Marathon champions in his team.