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Levelling the playing field for underserved communities: Cruyff Courts unveiled in Afrika Tikkun centres

The month of February saw the unveiling of the newly inaugurated Cruyff Courts in Afrika Tikkun’s Diepsloot and Mfuleni centres, in Johannesburg and the Western Cape respectively. The events, which took place on 17 February in Diepsloot and 22 February in Mfuleni, marked a significant milestone in community development and stand as a testament to the power of collaboration between two like-minded organisations. Both events brought together passionate speakers and dedicated individuals to commemorate the significance of this transformative space.

Niels Meijer, CEO of the Cruyff Court Foundation, provided a global perspective on the impact of Cruyff Courts worldwide, highlighting Cruyff Foundation founder Johan Cruyff’s passionate advocacy for sport. Meijer expressed pride in carrying Johan’s legacy forward through various initiatives across Africa, emphasizing the foundation’s commitment to fostering play, inclusion and community development. Ambassador Guys Hiddnick encapsulated the essence of the Ubuntu spirit, offering insights into the interconnectedness of humanity. Through the Cruyff Courts, they highlighted how communities worldwide can inspire and support each other, fostering a sense of unity and collaboration.

Afrika Tikkun Group CEO, Onyi Nwaneri, underlined the pivotal role of the Cruyff Courts as a catalyst for positive change within the communities of Diepsloot and Mfuleni. Highlighting the importance of sports and recreation in holistic development, she underscored how these activities provide avenues for growth, leadership and a brighter future.

The Afrika Tikkun family wishes to once again extend its heartfelt gratitude to the Cruyff Foundation and everyone who was involved in the landmark events. “Together, we have created a space that not only celebrates sports but also empowers individuals and builds stronger, more connected communities”, concluded Nwaneri.

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