Rugby club faces clo­sure

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

MTU­BATUBA Rugby Club is fac­ing se­vere fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, the most re­cent of which has seen elec­tric­ity shut off, re­sult­ing in the forced can­cel­la­tion of matches.

The main cause of dwin­dling fi­nances is dras­ti­cally re­duced mem­ber­ship num­bers.

Many sup­port­ers are un­will­ing to at­tend matches as the num­ber of un­savoury char­ac­ters us­ing the club’s grounds as a lo­cal drink­ing hole has scared peo­ple off.

‘When we ar­range func­tions at the club we hire Inyala Se­cu­rity to pro­vide guards for the evening, but on nor­mal match days or even prac­tice days dur­ing the week, there is no one to keep these young­sters who are drink­ing, off the premises,’ said club com­mit­tee mem­ber Alan Har­ri­son.

Then there is the added prob­lem of glass beer bot­tles be­ing dumped on the field and at the spec­ta­tor stands.

‘On ev­ery prac­tice day the play­ers have to clean the field so they can train, but still get cut by the bro­ken glass,’ said player/coach Nh­lanhla Ndlela.

The ma­jor­ity of the club play­ers are un­em­ployed and un­able to af­ford mem­ber­ship fees or even rugby kit.

Those play­ers who can af­ford it, of­ten help out the play­ers who have noth­ing, but to be kit­ted out in some­thing bet­ter than hand-me-downs would help boost player morale.

‘The play­ers have an ex­cel­lent team spirit and friend­ships with each other both on and off the field, but they do tend to get de­spon­dent when they are con­stantly clean­ing up this mess be­fore be­ing able to prac­tice.’

The club has ap­pealed to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity for help, whether in sub­si­dies or pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity or clean­ing staff, but to no avail.

First and fore­most, the club must pay its elec­tric­ity bill of R16 000 to get the lights switched back on.

An ur­gent com­mit­tee meet­ing was held to dis­cuss a way for­ward and the com­mit­tee is plan­ning fund-rais­ing events.

As­sis­tance for the play­ers is also needed, both to­wards their kit and travel costs for away games.

‘Our play­ers are so ded­i­cated that they walk from their homes in KwaMsane to the club for prac­tices and matches, but it’s the away games that they need help in get­ting to,’ con­cluded Ndlela.

‘We would like to ap­peal to busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who are will­ing and able to spon­sor or do­nate to the club,’ said Har­ri­son.

‘We are also call­ing on the com­mu­nity to join us, sign up for mem­ber­ship and help us up­lift Mtu­batuba Rugby Club to its for­mer glory.’

Any­one want­ing more in­for­ma­tion can con­tact club Trea­surer Rita Mey­ers on 081 4833659 (SMS dur­ing of­fice hours).

Do­na­tions can be de­posited into the club’s bank ac­count: Mtu­batuba Rugby Club, First Na­tional Bank, ac­count num­ber: 53090046394, branch code: 220330.

Tam­lyn Jolly

Mtuba Rugby Club is on the brink of clo­sure amid fi­nan­cial woes

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