Gear­ing up for sports chal­lenge

Dim­baza to host soc­cer, net­ball

Go! & Express - - Go! In King - DESMOND COET­ZEE

THE Sports Chal­lenge tour­na­ment fea­tur­ing soc­cer and net­ball will be in full swing come Satur­day in Dim­baza.

The ini­tia­tive, now in its sec­ond year, is pre­sented by the De­part­ment of Sport Buf­falo City in part­ner­ship with Buf­falo City Mu­nic­i­pal­ity (BCM).

Last year the event only fea­tured net­ball, with nine clubs par­tic­i­pat­ing, ac­cord­ing to de­part­ment of sport, re­cre­ation, arts and cul­ture act­ing as­sis­tant man­ager, Ron­ald Lot­ter­ing.

“The aim is to re­vive net­ball and to es­tab­lish a league in the area. The foot­ball [tour­na­ment is] will be used as tal­ent iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and there will also be re­cre­ation in­volve­ment for mass par­tic­i­pa­tion,” Lot­ter­ing said.

Prepara­tory meet­ings were held at BCM of­fices in King Wil­liam’s Town where the plan­ning was put in place.

Sport pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer: club de­vel­op­ment for BCM and project man­ager, Lungiswa Sikolo, was over the moon with the over­whelm­ing sup­port shown by all stake­hold­ers.

“The con­cept doc­u­ment was pre­sented and well ac­cepted and in our last meet­ing we formed a LOC to lead the project. I am happy that the stake­hold­ers such as King Sport Coun­cil, Dim­baza Sport Coun­cil, Vic­to­ria Mx­enge Lo­cal Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion, ward coun­cil­lors, ward com­mit­tee mem­bers and Dim­baza youth desk mem­bers were al­ways present dur­ing our meet­ings,” Sikolo said.

He said the vent would prove to be a re­mark­able one, where all sport en­thu­si­asts from all three wards in Dim­baza will be par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“We have de­cided to play the tour­na­ment on 16 and 23 Septem­ber due to the to­tal of par­tic­i­pat­ing teams, and for­mat will be dis­cussed in our fi­nal meet­ing on Wed­nes­day at 2pm [yes­ter­day],” Sikolo said. “While the games are in progress fans will be en­ter­tained by recre­ational games where young and old can par­tic­i­pate,” he said.

Lot­ter­ing said the project was grow­ing be­yond what they had de­ter­mined. “To see such a full house of rep­re­sen­ta­tives present at our prepara­tory meet­ings is a clear in­di­ca­tion that our event will be very suc­cess­ful,” Lot­ter­ing said.

Pic­ture: DESMOND COET­ZEE

HOT SEAT: De­part­ment of sport, re­cre­ation, arts and cul­ture Buf­falo City act­ing as­sis­tant man­ager Ron­ald Lot­ter­ing chairs one of the sports chal­lenge prepara­tory meet­ings in King Wil­liam’s Town last week ahead of the Sports Chal­lenge in Dim­baza

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