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22 June 2022
Fisantekraal futsal tournament serves dual purpose
On 30 June 2022, postgraduate students and staff from the Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences (CHS) will join several youth organisations from Fisantekraal, in Durbanville, when they launch a Futsal Soccer Tournament. The soccer tournament will be held in the Fisantekraal community hall. 

The tournament is being held in collaboration with a research project, “A longitudinal exploration of the psychological development of young adults in the Western Cape”, conducted by a research team at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) led by Professor Maria Florence and Dr Tracey-Ann Adonis. This research project aims to increase the representativeness of African youth in psychology by exploring a variety of psychological variables among emerging adults in Africa.

“Our aim is to gain a better understanding of the life experiences, personality traits, mental health and values of emerging adults across Africa,” said Prof Florence.

This tournament will serve a dual purpose - getting the youth active during the school holidays as well as conducting research. According to Dr Tracey Ann Adonis, "this tournament presents a unique opportunity that focuses on the health and wellness of this age group and it serves as an opportunity to market the UWC brand”.

The CHS faculty has worked in the Fisantekraal community for many years, placing students at various community organisations and institutions to deliver health and social care programmes that benefit the community (see picture). Each year additional services are offered to the community. Fisantekraal is a township in the Western Cape province of South Africa. It is located 10 kilometres northeast of Durbanville and about 40 kilometres northeast of central Cape Town.

Community engagement and social responsiveness is a fundamental pillar of health sciences education at UWC, and the university has demonstrated that it is committed to going the extra mile in serving the communities in Cape Town and surrounding areas. This drive and commitment will continue to grow each year, thereby impacting communities and making health services accessible to the most vulnerable and marginalised.

The CHS faculty is grateful to its sponsors, including Melomed Group Hospital, the UWC Confucius Institute Programme, UWC’s Institutional Advancement Department, and the City of Cape Town. It is also thankful to those who made individual donations to make this tournament possible.

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