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Press Release


For Immediate release: 5 June 2015

SRSA supports sport development in the Northern Cape, with the multipurpose

sport court - 5 codes of sport, played on 1 court

 

The department of Sport and Recreation South Africa in conjunction with the Sports Trust officially handed over a multipurpose sport court utility at Olyvenhoutsdrift Primary School, in Upington, today Friday 5th June 2015, as part of the departments mandate to increase access to sport in all schools in South Africa.  The Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation SA, Mr GertOosthuizen, presided over the outreach programme. 

The outreach forms part of the roll out plan of increasing access to sport in rural disadvantaged schools in South Africa by providing equipment to schools and building the multipurpose centres in accordance to the National Sport Plan.  This is to encourage mass participation of sport around the country so that all learners have the opportunity to participate in sport at all levels.

The multi-purpose sport court makes provision for five sporting codes, including 5-a-side soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball and tennis in a bid to drive the development of sports and healthy activities in and around the surrounding communities. This facility has a twenty year life span, and 15 year warranty.  It provides lateral forgiveness on the joints., and adding to this,  and the need for sustainable initiatives, the facility has been audited and verified as “Zero Waste” and environmentally friendly, which is also in line with The Sports Trust’s “green” policy of helping to protect the environment.

Olyvenhoutsdrift Primary School currently participates in soccer, netball, rugby, cricket, cross country running and athletics.  This school has 605 learners and their current pass rate is at 84.3%.  Their top athletes are KaraboKamfer and Anthonia De Wee who compete at Provincial level in athletics, and their sports programme is managed by Mr SJC Allies.

It is well documented that playing sport contributes to making a significant difference in the lifestyle and behaviour of children and this positive sporting influence will provide both hope and purpose to the children of this community and the surrounding schools who will be able to use this facility.   A total of ten schools and ten community clubs will be able to play sport on this facility, including the host school.

Mrs Joey Links, Principal of Olyvenhoutsdrift Primary School says “Our school is honoured and proud to be the recipient of this first ever multipurpose sport court in this area, and we sincerely thank the stakeholders for their investment into the youth and people of this community.”

The current goal is to place 226 multipurpose sports court by the year 2017, and a total of 35 sports courts have been placed to date.  There is still a great need for further funding so that we can reach this goal, and we call out to Corporate South Africa, and likeminded donors, to join us so that together we can continue to enhance education through sport, and ensure that we nurture our youth for an active and winning sporting nation.

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For more information Contact:

  • Mr Mickey Modisane  
  • Head of Communications SRSA,                                                                         
  •  E-mail: mickey@srsa.gov.za Cell :082 992 0101 Tel: 012 304 5159
  • Carol Crawford, Marketing & Communications Manager, The Sports Trust, Email:marketing@sportstrust.co.za,    Cell: 082 802 2899  Tel: 011 802 1818

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