Mandela Day Launch of Centre of Excellence in Khayelitsha

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It was a fun-filled afternoon on Mandela Day, 18 July, at Chris Hani Secondary as we launched our Indoor Centre and Artificial Field Project together with the Khayelitsha Community.

The Chris Hani choir was in full voice as they welcomed players, coaches, parents, staff and sponsors of the Foundation for the official Launch our Township Centre of Excellence in Khayelitsha.

Gary outlined the vision of the foundation as we take this next big step, while members of parliament, as well as local ward councillors and members of the community spoke about the impact this centre will have on Khayelitsha.

After the formalities, the painting of adidas bats by the Chris Hani Visual Arts department was done to hang inside the Indoor centre, and players and sponsors played ball games together.

Spur made sure everyone was fed with delicious burgers, while Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages kept everyone refreshed for the activities.

RSAWeb will be providing free connectivity to the centre, which will be important for coaches to improve their skills and run the foundation effectively.

“Connectivity will be important as we will be running Township Coach Development sessions at the Centre and our coaches and players need access to online coaching and life skills content to improve their skills,” Gary Kirsten said.

“Huge thanks to RSAWEB to coming on board for this project and we look forward to working with them further in growing this partnership.”

On 18 July, RSAWEB staff spent 67 minutes at Chris Hani Secondary School to interact with the children, and for the month of July, the ISP will be holding a collection drive for the centre.

The ISP asked customers, staff, suppliers, and partners to provide the following items to support the initiative:

  • Tennis balls
  • Slazenger soft cricket balls
  • Soccer balls
  • Any other sporting equipment

The company invited donors to drop off the items at its Cape Town office at Suite 401, The Point building, 76 Regent Road Sea Point, or its Johannesburg office at Block B1, The Crescent East, 3 Eglin Road, Sunninghill.

All items collected will be packaged and delivered to Chris Hani Secondary School in August.

The centre is currently in approvals phase, and we hope to start building before the end of August. It is a hugely ambitious project, and we are excited to partner with sponsors and the local community to create a true hub of cricket excellence in Khayelitsha.