A sod turning ceremony has marked the beginning of the construction of Stanford’s first netball court.
On Monday 6 May Overstrand Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee, along with members of The Rotary Club of Stanford, launched phase 3 of the netball court project with a sod turning ceremony in Stanford.
Several training workshops, held recently to create awareness about netball and what can be achieved through participation in sports, formed Phase 1 and 2 of the project.
Funds for the project were secured from the Rotary Club of Stanford, the Rotary Club of Knoxville, Tennessee in the USA and the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary clubs of Stanford and Knoxville applied for and were awarded a Rotary Foundation Global Grant towards the cost of the new netball court.
The Overstrand Municipality signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Rotary, where the Municipality allocated the land for the netball court. Once the court has been completed the new netball court will be handed over to the Municipality.
Lana Coates of the Stanford Rotarians said: “The need for a dedicated netball court for young girls in Stanford was recognised two years ago. The boys and men have both soccer and rugby fields, but the netball players had to share a court with the tennis players. This meant they were never able to host small local tournaments in Stanford, but rather had to travel to other centres in the Overberg to gain match experience.”
The new netball court, which is set to be completed by August 2019, is situated in Bezuidenhout Street, adjacent to the existing soccer field.
The mayor commended the Rotary Club of Stanford with this initiative; especially after the announcement that South Africa has been announced as hosts for the 2023 Netball World Cup, which will be held in Cape Town.
During a recent Peace and Conflict Resolution Training Workshop, facilitated by the PeaceJam Foundation and Netball America, the participants were taught important skills such as anger management and self-control, and that change starts with them.
“Due to the success of this workshop, a local coordinator has been identified to start and run this project with the support of Rotary on a regular basis for an initial twelve-month period,” explained Coates.
Funds have also been secured from the Rotary International Global Grant to train six local netball coaches so that they can teach PeaceJam concepts to players during practices and games.
Additional mentoring will be conducted to ensure the continued success of the programme.
The provision of first-class facilities in Stanford will encourage members of the community to participate in sporting activities.
There are a number of dedicated netball players in Stanford who, after the recent workshops are already recruiting new and younger players into the game.
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