Cape Town, 2016-04-19

The 1st climate-neutral handball tournament series in South Africa is aiming to reach out with sport to the youth, bring kids from various schools and cultural backgrounds together and to educate them at the same time about the environment.

PLAY HANDBALL ZA is hosting the 1st PLAY HANDBALL SuperCup on the 24th of April 2016, 9am-5pm at the German International School in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town.

Twenty-two youth teams in three age categories from Cape Town up to Franschhoek are expected; the groups are Primary School Mix U14, High School Girls U16 and High Shool Boys U 16.

The idea of the tournament is to enhance environmental awareness among our youth, with special emphasis placed on educating environmental issues, waste management solutions and sustainable living. To translate this idea into action, tasks were given to the teams prior to the tournament; Teams are challenged to develop ideas of how they can contribute to a clean and healthy environment. Teams shall collect waste in their communities, schools and/ or around their handball field and find new innovative ways how to dispose or recycle it. The most creative ideas around waste disposal and/ or recycling will be awarded with a “Green Award” on the day of the tournament and the team will be given a tree by the environmental organisation, which also supports the initiative. Beside this task, there will be an Eco-Trail at the tournament providing the possibility to win exciting tombola prices.  

The German International School in Cape Town is hosting the tournament at their outdoor-sport field and supports on the day with volunteers. This innovative project initiated by PLAY HANDBALL ZA is carried out in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS), the Deutscher Handballbund (DHB), as well as the Deutsche Sporthochschule Koeln (DSHS).

The tournament on Sunday will be the first of its kind and is serving as a pilot. There are two more tournaments planned for this year. Beside the tournament as an exciting reward at the end of a school term, a handball and life skill manual will be developed in cooperation with the Deutsche Sporthochschule Koeln.

The tournament is open for the public. So if you have never seen handball live, come and join to watch. We expect some good and competitive games.

PLAY HANDBALL ZA is a sports and development organisation founded in 2013 in South Africa and is using handball to create positive change for children and communities. With handball we teach life skills, empower the youth – especially girls – and contribute to an open-minded inclusive society without racial, social or gender based boundaries. PLAY HANBDALL is providing the knowledge on how to implement handball in schools and how to combine it with life skills. We support community based organisations and schools with equipment and volunteers to implement this approach.  


Details for the tournament:

Date: Sunday, 24th of April 2016, 9 am-5 pm

Place: German International School, 28 Bay View Avenue, Tamboerskloof. (Sportfield)

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