THE Northern Areas Street Cricket League was founded about two years ago by the youth living in the Allan Hendricks Complex in Korsten.
They were concerned at the sharp increase in the number of youngsters being drawn into drug circles and came up with the initiative to re-direct their attention to sport instead.
The League organised a tournament over the Easter weekend on the municipal park next to the complex. Five teams from the Northern Areas put up a spirited performance in the matches which were thoroughly enjoyed by spectators and players alike.
Organisers were delighted when Relay EMS donated a first-aid kit.
Claude Muller, a paramedic for Relay EMS who handed over the kit, said, “We were impressed by the initiative and hence the decision [to sponsor the kit]”.
“I would like to try and get more sponsorships [equipment and finances] for the initiative so more teams can enter and participate in this league. The aim is to keep youth away from the drugs and gansterism which plague the Northern Areas.”
One of the organisers, Larry Beukes, also appealed to organisations and companies to sponsor the league “so that the league can grow, and maybe in the near future become a national event”.