LIMPOPO GRANNIES

SOUTH AFRICA

Twice a week in Limpopo, South Africa, a group of pensioners, domestic workers and street vendors aged anywhere from 49 to 84 transforms into football team Vakhegula Vakhegula (“Grannies Grannies” in local language, Xitsonga). In search of suitable competition, Vakhegula Vakhegula team members have also organized a grandmothers’ football league that now includes eight teams. The game, they claim, helps overcome arthritis and gout.

Team founder Beka Ntsanwisi began recruiting teammates in 2003 after noticing a number of elderly women alone in hospitals during her cancer treatments.