THREE years ago three friends set out to get the youth off the streets and into cricket.
To do this Donny Johnson, Josey Welcome and Larry Beto started the Schauder Street Cricket League.
“Kids were smoking drugs, drinking and involved in gangsterism, but not any more. The plan of this league is to involve all the children,” said Johnson, 33, who lives in the area.
“We are making a difference.”
Each team comprises youngsters from a particular street. There are currently 10 streets competing against each other from 2pm every Saturday and 10am on Sunday at the Frank Joubert Primary School and in the Alan Hendricks complex, both in Korsten.
“But we want more teams to get involved. At least 20 streets.”
Johnson said they had received a lot of support, but still needed sponsorship.
“One former gangster even sponsored us with T-shirts.
“But we still need people to sponsor us because sometimes we use our own money to buy the equipment. I urge our community leaders to help us make this initiative more successful,” he said.
He said each player paid R10 and the winning team received R300.
“There are over 200 players who take part in this league. Even former players and gangsters are part of this – it is exciting.”
Highlands Night Riders’ player, Romeo Perel, 18, said he used to drink a lot every weekend.
“Now I have something to look forward to every weekend. This is a very good thing.”