Soccer tournament for the elderly a success

The event, which brought together local NPOs, saw Kuyenzeka FC take on Tsakane Women and Gugothandayo FC face off against Women Rock.

The Mathulana Foundation, an NPO based in Windmill Park, hosted a successful Elderly Soccer Tournament with other local NPOs on May 24.

The event, aiming to promote physical activity and social interaction among the elderly, saw Kuyenzeka FC take on Tsakane Women, while Gugothandayo FC faced Women Rock.

Tsakane Women emerged victorious in a thrilling match, showcasing the elderly participants’ skills and determination.

The Gugothandayo FC members.

According to Mbuso Magwaza, the foundation founder, the tournament was a success, with overwhelming support from the Windmill Park community.

Magwaza expressed his delight at the event’s outcome, stating, “The Elderly Soccer Tournament was a tremendous success, and we are grateful for the support we received from the community.

“We aim to establish strong partnerships with other NPOs to support each other in promoting the physical and mental health of elderly people.

“The Mathulana Foundation is dedicated to transforming lives through its elderly fitness club. Our primary focus is on promoting physical fitness among the elderly, with training sessions held five days a week, from 06:00 to 08:00.

These sessions include various activities such as general workouts, aerobics, 5km walks, and soccer, with a particular emphasis on engaging women.

“Promoting physical fitness is at the core of our mission. We believe regular exercise improves physical health and enhances mental well-being and social connections among the elderly.

“By design, our programmes are inclusive, enjoyable, and tailored to the needs and abilities of our participants.”

In addition to the elderly fitness club, the foundation also operates a Community Soup Kitchen, providing nutritious meals to needy people in the Windmill Park community.

The foundation recognises that good nutrition is essential to maintain overall health and well-being, especially among the elderly.

“Our Community Soup Kitchen is a vital resource for many individuals in Windmill Park who may not have access to regular nutritious meals,” explained Magwaza.

“By providing these meals, we aim to support the health and well-being of our community members and ensure no one goes hungry.”

The foundation’s commitment to the Windmill Park community extends beyond the elderly fitness club and community soup kitchen.

“It actively seeks to establish partnerships with other NPOs in the area, recognising the importance of collaboration in addressing the community’s diverse needs.

“We believe that by working together with other NPOs, we can create a stronger, more resilient community,” said Magwaza.

“Each organisation brings unique skills, resources, and perspectives to the table, and by pooling our efforts, we can have a greater impact on the lives of those we serve.”

Magwaza said the event would not have been possible without the presence of a clinic and ambulance services.

“We have partnered with Unjani Clinic and Elithandweni Clinic to ensure we have professionals in case of any emergency. We express our gratitude to the sponsors,” said Magwaza.

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