The Nedbank and Sports Trust Road Running Development programme enabled Mvelo Nkomo, a young KwaZulu-Natal athlete to represent his province at the Sub-Youth/Youth/Junior (SYYJ) Championships recently held at Stellenbosch, Western Cape.
Mvelo broke the 2000m steeple chase record twice by running 6:29 to beat the league meetings record of 6:30 and in district championships by running 6:25.70. He was then selected to represent KZN in the SYYJ Championships. Mvelo ran a 6:31 at the championships. His dream is to become an international athlete.
“I am thrilled with my latest achievements and would like to thank my family for moral support, school teachers for coaching and guidance, KZN Athletics for creating opportunities, The Sports Trust and Nedbank for their sponsorship,” said Mvelo. “I encourage young people to work hard in their sporting and academic activities irrespective of their background because excellence cannot be ignored by people and organisations that care about communities.”
Mvelo has been part of the Nedbank Sports Trust Road Running Development Programme since 2013. The programme supports young runners in KwaZulu-Natal by providing running shoes and kits to ensure they can continue to develop their talents.
The programme, a partnership between Nedbank and the Sports Trust, is also supported by KZN Athletics and has contributed R500 000 to over 600 learners since 2012.
This year, 300 learners, aged between 15 and 22 have benefited and will be taking part in a number of races, including the Youth Race on 31 May 2014 and the AIMS Children’s race which is taking place on 18May 2014. This race is endorsed by the Comrades Marathon Association, which is co-sponsored by Nedbank.
“Sport development is one of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) focus areas,” said Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing at Nedbank. “To date we have donated nearly R20 million to support projects through the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme in partnership with The Sports Trust. As we celebrate 20 years of democracy, we are pleased to note that since its inception in 1994 The Sports Trust has disbursed more than R60 million to nearly 600 projects that have touched communities.”
“The Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme includes a suite of banking and investment accounts. When a Nedbank Sport Affinity client uses these, the bank makes a donation to The Sports Trust for the funding of sport development projects, all at no cost to the client,” adds Ratshikuni.
The Sports Trust is one of the official charities of the Comrades Marathon and through their partnership with Nedbank; The Sports Trust is able to make a meaningful contribution towards communities.
“This programme has proven hugely successful over the last few years and The Sports Trust is grateful to Nedbank for enabling this initiative to run for a third consecutive year. We are extremely proud of the achievements that have been made by the learners who have already participated. This initiative demonstrates our aim of enhancing education through sport in South Africa,” said Anita Mathews, Executive Director of The Sports Trust.
Learners come from 10 schools that include Chesterville High, Zwelethu High, Phambili High and Verulam Secondary. Three schools that benefited from the 2013 programme – Umlazi Comtech, Ogwini Comtechnical and Lamontville – are also set to benefit again this year.
Road running is just one of the prominent sporting categories that Nedbank invests in, with others including golf, soccer, cycling and sport for people with disabilities.
25 March 2014 – A number of Soweto schoolchildren joined Moroka Swallows for their training session at Dobsonville Stadium today to take ownership of brand new soccer kits and training equipment handed out as part of the Nedbank Cup’s Goals4Goals initiative.
With the tournament’s Round of 16 now in full swing, these learners join dozens of other young soccer dreamers from KwaZulu Natal who also received new kits and training equipment while interacting with players from Lamontville Golden Arrows and Amazulu as the teams prepared for their respective clashes against Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits this past weekend.
Nedbank is pledging R10 000 for every goal scored in the Nedbank Cup 2014, with the funds going towards the building of a multi-purpose sports court for one deserving school that will be revealed as the tournament progresses. The top goal scorer of each round wins R10 000 for himself and another R10 000 plus a soccer kits for a school of his choice anywhere in the country. Bloemfontein Celtic’s Musa Nyatama scooped this award in the round of 32 matches.
According to Maseda Ratshikuni, Nedbank’s Head of Cause Marketing; Goals4Goals forms part of Nedbank Sports Development programme in partnership with the Sports Trust.
“The Nedbank Cup continues to be the perfect platform for us to connect with the communities we serve,” he said. “Goals4Goals is a win-win-win scenario for everyone involved: the fans get to see more goals scored, the learners get brand new kits and sports equipment, and Nedbank helps more people along the road to make their goals happen.”
In less than three years, Goals4Goals has reached more than 400 schools and Nedbank has spent more than R5-million on soccer development.
The bank’s partnership with The Sports Trust spans almost 20 years. Over this period, Nedbank has contributed nearly R20 million through the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme.
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The Minister of Sport, Fikile Mbalula, officially handed over the multipurpose sport court at Zamokuhle Primary School in Matatiele, Eastern Cape on Friday, 14 March.
This is the first multipurpose sport court in the area, and the school children and surrounding schools will be able to play here on a regular basis. The sport court offers 5 codes of sport: 5 a side soccer, Netball, Volleyball, Basketball and Tennis that can be played on this surface. The court has a 20 year lifespan, 15 year warranty, is eco friendly, low maintenance and offers lateral forgiveness on your joints when playing on this surface.
The school is proud to be the recipient of this court this year which will ensure that their children stay away from the social ills of society, and enjoy playing sport so as to ensure that they can enhance their education through sport.
The Sports Trust was one of the CSI beneficiaries of the Hyundai Rock the Run Race that took place on Sunday 16th March, at Mushroom park. The Sports Trust received a cheque of R 40,000 for sport development from Hyundai.
Over 11,000 people entered the race, and enjoyed the combination of music and sport in this unique sporting event.
The male and female winners of the 21.1km race were both from Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, and won R 50K each.
The male & female winners of the 10km race, each one R 10k each.
in the picture from left to right : Rochelle Moses, The Sports Trust, Francois Marais (Marketing Manager of Hyundai), Carol Crawford (Marketing Manager The Sports Trust), Warren Hendricks , The Sports Trust, Bruce Fordyce (Ambassador of The Sports Trust)
Nick Bester, Race Director.
The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has welcomed its newly appointed Race Director. Rowyn James joins the association as of next month and will oversee the 89th edition of the world’s greatest ultra-marathon, come 1 June 2014.
Rowyn brings with him a wealth of race organising skills and experience; having been the former General Manager and Race Director of the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town.
He has also previously worked as the Sports Marketing Manager of Nike South Africa; was a member of the Deloitte Pretoria Marathon organising committee for 8 years; and is a qualified Athletics South Africa level 2 official. Rowyn is also the proud owner of 15 Comrades Marathon medals.
Rowyn’s previous work experience and his love for road-running will be a boost to his new position. The largest part of his working career has been within the sporting industry with particular emphasis on road running.
On his appointment, he says, “I am honoured and privileged to have been appointed to this position and thank the CMA Board for the faith and trust they have placed in me; thereby enabling me to achieve my lifelong dream of being a part of the iconic Comrades Marathon Association.”
He adds, “Key for me will be to maintain and enhance the wealth of knowledge and experience of my fellow team players which already exists; and work with them in enhancing new innovations and strategies which will continue to propel the Comrades Marathon forward, whilst acknowledging and respecting the rich culture, history and tradition of the race.”
Rowyn continues, “I have a passion for athletics and in particular road running and being able to channel that passion and knowledge towards the number one road running event in South Africa is paramount; thereby enhancing the overall runners’ experience of the Comrades Marathon.”
On having completed 15 Comrades Marathons, Rowyn says, “I have been fortunate and blessed to have finished 15 journeys of my own, so I can attest to the spirit of camaraderie that exists in the months leading up to race day and indeed on race day itself. It’s an opportunity for each and every participant to “make excellence happen”.
CMA General Manager, Chris Bruwer says, “Together with the rest of the Comrades Marathon team, we are thrilled to welcome Rowyn to the Comrades Marathon family. With Rowyn overseeing the 2014 Ultimate Human Race, we aim to give all participants an unbelievable race day experience and ensure the continuity and sustainability of this iconic brand that is the Comrades Marathon.”
CMA Chairman, Macdonald Chitja says, “We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rowyn James as the new CMA Race Director. The Board is relieved that the Race Director position has been filled. Rowyn has all the qualities to be a very successful Race Director and we wish him well.”