Nedbank Fast Tracks Football Development

Nedbank’s on-going commitment to community and soccer development was demonstrated on Thursday, 19 March at the Kaizer Chiefs media open day ahead of their highly anticipated Nedbank Cup match against Black Leopards.


Three schools from Heidelberg, Selcourt and Etwatwa interacted with their football heroes and received soccer kits and training equipment as part of Nedbank’s Sports Development Programme in partnership with The Sports Trust. The schools are Sibonisiwe Primary School, Kwa Thema Combined School and Zamakuhle Primary School.


In the past few years, the Nedbank Sports Trust soccer development programme has reached more than 500 schools at an investment in excess of R60 million. “As a bank for all, Nedbank is committed to enabling our clients and communities to make things that really matter happen. Education and sports development are key building blocks in society and we are heavily involved in both,” said Tobie Badenhorst; Portfolio Manager for Nedbank Group Sponsorships.  


During this year’s Nedbank Cup season, 100 schools from across the country will receive soccer kits and training equipment worth R 1 million towards sports development and encouraging learners to make their goals happen.    


To date, Nedbank has donated over R20 million to support sport development projects in South Africa through The Sports Trust. The programme is made possible through the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme, which enables clients to support the development of sport through their banking products, at no cost to them.


The Sports Trust was established in September 1995 as a joint venture between the private and public sectors – all with a shared goal of providing opportunities to play sport to all South Africans, at all levels, across all sporting codes. Anita Mathews, Executive Director says “The Sports Trust continues to implement sport development projects together with its Trustee, Nedbank, to ensure that the opportunity of playing soccer and general sport is afforded to as many school children as possible.   Playing sport provides the children with life skills, a sense of responsibility, team work and a positive attitude.   It also keeps them away from the social ills of society.  Through this partnership with Nedbank we are able to continue to “Make the things that Matter Happen.”


For more information on the Nedbank Cup, visit www.nedbankcup.co.za  or follow us on Twitter @nedbanksport #nedbankcup or like our NedbankSport Facebook page.

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2015 ARGUS CYCLE TOUR – Development cyclists winners

On Sunday 8th March , the Nedbank Sports Trust Development Cyclists competed in the 38th Argus race, which this year was reduced to 47 kms, due to fires in Cape Town, and the organisers having to reduce the route. The first cyclists home were Yulrich Porter, of Oval North Sec. School, the fastest male,  in 1 hours 13 mins, and then Michaela Appels, of Hex Vallei School in De Doorns, was the fastest female in a time of 2hrs 20 mins.  Congratulations to the winners. The development cyclists  will be competing in other community and league races throughout the year for possible selection into WP Cycling Teams.


Nedbank Fast Tracks Football Development

Nedbank’s on-going commitment to community and football development was demonstrated on Thursday, 19 March at the Ajax Cape Town media open day ahead of their highly anticipated Nedbank Cup match against Bloemfontein Celtic. Three primary schools from Parow, Du Noon and Phillipi interacted with their football heroes and received soccer kits and training equipment as part of Nedbank’s Sports Development Programme in partnership with The Sports Trust.


The youngsters received a coaching clinic and tips from the likes of Dominic Isaacs, Nathan Paulse, Granwald Scott and Anssi Jaakola at the Ikamva Sports Complex.


The schools that benefited are:

   • St Augustines Roman Catholic Primary School

   • Sophakama Primary School

   • QinqaMntwana Primary School


In the past few years, the Nedbank Sports Trust soccer development programme has reached more than 500 schools at an investment in excess of R60 million. “As a bank for all, Nedbank is committed to enabling our clients and communities to make things that really matter happen. For some of these learners, today could prove to be the ideal foundation needed for them to make their football dreams a reality. Education and sports development are key building blocks in society and we are heavily involved in both.  We are humbled to have played that role for these learners at this important stage of their lives” said Tobie Badenhorst; Portfolio Manager for Nedbank Group Sponsorships.  


During this year’s Nedbank Cup season, 100 schools from across the country will receive soccer kits and training equipment worth R 1million towards sports development and encouraging learners to make their goals happen.    


To date, Nedbank has donated over R20 million to support sport development projects in South Africa through The Sports Trust. The programme is made possible through the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme, which enables clients to support the development of sport through their banking products, at no cost to them.


The Sports Trust was established in September 1995 as a joint venture between the private and public sectors – all with a shared goal of providing opportunities to play sport to all South Africans, at all levels, across all sporting codes. Anita Mathews, Executive Director says “The Sports Trust continues to implement sport development projects together with its Trustee, Nedbank, to ensure that the opportunity of playing soccer and general sport is afforded to as many school children as possible.   Playing sport provides the children with life skills, a sense of responsibility, team work and a positive attitude.   It also keeps them away from the social ills of society.  Through this partnership with Nedbank we are able to continue to “Make the things that really Matter Happen.”


For more information on the Nedbank Cup, visit www.nedbankcup.co.za  or follow us on Twitter @nedbanksport #nedbankcup or like our NedbankSport Facebook page.


HYUNDAI ROCK THE RUN

Thousands flocked to Mushroom Farm Park for another successful Hyundai Rock the Run


It was clear skies in Johannesburg, as social runners, music-lovers and athletes the city over, took to the streets of Sandton on Sunday, as Hyundai Rock the Run delivered another successful event for the second year running.


This year, Hyundai Rock the Run certainly set the standard for unique fitness and lifestyle events, as several music points along the 5,10 and 21km routes featured artists, bands, dj’s and dancers,Music-pumping Hyundai’s formed part of the new “Wall of Sound”on 5th Street and Fredman Drive, which kept spectators and participants moving to the beat, as they edged up the hill and closer to the finish. The race then culminated with a much-anticipated concertin the park, which kicked off at 9am.


Francois Marais, Marketing Manager of Hyundai South Africa commented: “This year the newly added 5km social fun run was a great crowd pleaser for beginner runners, where we saw the whole family come out to take up the challenge! It was also inspiring to see the 10 and 21km runners cross the finish line, which definitely tested their endurance and stamina!”


Comrades Marathon legend Bruce Fordyce and Hyundai Marketing Director Albrecht Grundel were amongst special guests who handed winners of the 21km race, Nedbank runners Kgosi Tsotsane and Cornelius Joubert, their R6000 prize cheques. Thabang Moshiato and Nadia Rofail walked away with the coveted 10km titles and R4000 each. There were also prizes for fancy dress and lucky draws that took place, plus additional category winners who each won hampers and vouchers.


Red Bull SA welcomed finishers back with a sports massage post race, while water sponsors Bene Spring Water kept all well hydrated for the day. Another busy spot was the Castle Lite beer garden where participants were able to relax while jamming to the concert.


The concert kicked off with iTunes SA topper Matthew Mole, who had fans dancing to “Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine,” early in the day. Multi-award winners Mi Casa brought the house down with hits like “These Streets,” amongst many others. MiCasa’s Mo-T eagerly awaited Mango Groove’s performance to connect with where it all began for him. Mo-T’s dad formerly played trumpet for Mango Groove, and watching the band as a small boy inspired him to become the artist he is today.


Mango Groove’s Claire Johnston had this to say after her performance, “This has been such a great event. Thank you for considering us to be part of your line up!”


Much loved radio presenter and DJ, Sasha Martinengo, supported the live entertainment at the concert, as the MC with seasoned commentator John Walland overseeing all the runners.


Marais concluded: “Hyundai’s Rock the Run event was a great success, for both runners and concert goers alike – and we are pleased with all the feedback we have received from those who attended the event. We hope that Rock the Run has become a firm favourite for both runners and families and we look forward to another fantastic event next year”.


In addition, Hyundai Rock the Run supported an amazing charity initiative for the second year running - The Sports Trust, where a cheque of R45 000 was handed over yesterday.


You can join still the conversation. Post your photos and quips of the day on Twitter @RocktheRunSA, using #rocktherun or Facebook at facebook.com/RockTheRunSA.


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EMPOWERED TO SUCCEED

Young riders empowered to succeed 27 February 2015

Nedbank, The Sports Trust, the Western Cape Department of Arts, Culture and Sport as well as Cycling South Africa have empowered 171 learners from Cape Town and surrounding areas to develop and grow their cycling talents through the donation of bicycles, kits and investment in community races. This brings the number of young cyclists that have benefited from the programme to over 2 000since 2005.

This year, 171 learners will be participating in the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the Nedbank Sports Trust Cycling Development community races as well as the Western Province league races. The bank’s support for community main stream and community races has increased their investment in the cycling development programme by an additional R300 000.

One of the beneficiaries, who has been a consistent performer is Eben Deerling from De Doorns Cycling Development Club. Eben was the fastest in the 2013 and second fastest in 2014 at the Cape Town Cycle Tour. “I started cycling at the age of 16 and my passion for the sport is as strong as ever. Through cycling I learned about life’s uphills and downhills, the discipline of doing something even if I don’t feel like it, and the commitment to achieve goals,” he said.

Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Theuns Botha, says: “Government depends on partners such as Nedbank, the Sports Trust and Cycling South Africa to facilitate opportunities for new cyclists to level the playing field. The rider’s participation in the Cape Town Cycle Tour is significant in that it brings together professional riders and new entrants. This development is not possible without the support of financial partners. We are indeed ‘Better Together’”.   

“On average, the Cycle Tour brings over R400 million into the Western Cape economy each year. Showcasing the Cape as a cycling destination every year grows the sport as a professional and recreational activity. The Cape Town Cycle Tour is in line with the Western Cape Government’s vision to create sustained GDP growth and greater environmental resilience, together with a more integrated society.”

Cycling South Africa identifies and nurtures promising cyclists and provides them with the resources and guidance to help them maximise their potential. “Cycling South Africa is indeed very encouraged to see the continued support given by The Sports Trust and Nedbank to the development of school cycling. This support is in line with one of our key strategic objectives of developing and growing school cycling,” says William Newman, President of Cycling South Africa.

“We would like to see riders emerge from this programme to go and represent our country on the world stage. To this end we have further cemented our partnership to provide assistance with ongoing school events throughout the year. This is a huge opportunity for our young riders and I urge them to grasp the opportunity, dream big and pursue those goals. You can all be champions and be the next generation of riders to represent South Africa at the Tour de France like our very own Team MTN Qhubeka will be doing this year,” adds Newman.

Anita Mathews, Executive Director of The Sports Trust says: “Now in its 9th year, this cycling programme continues to be sustainable, through the support of our stakeholders, Nedbank, Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport as well as Cycling South Africa.   They are committed to ensuring that these talented cyclists are provided with further opportunities in order to nurture their talent and take them to the next level in this sport.  We also thank our supporting sponsors, Samsung, MYO2, Spur and AVIS who are supporting us again this year.”

“At Samsung, we believe in the power of sport as one of the key tools to bring people closer together and encourage a real sense of unity and team spirit. We are privileged to be offered this opportunity to partner with the Nedbank Sports Trust Development Cycling Programme to help play our part in the development of sports in South Africa,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Samsung Electronics South Africa.

“Nedbank is committed to enabling communities to make things that really matter happen. We will continue to empower our stakeholders with the resources they need to realise their full potential and make their sporting dreams come true,” said Sydney Nhlanhla Mbhele, Divisional Executive for Group Marketing at Nedbank.

“As a socially responsible bank we are contributing and shaping the development and growth of cycling in South Africa through the Nedbank Sports Trust Cycling Development programme and others such as Sani2C and Tour de Tuli,” concluded Mbhele.

The partnership between Nedbank and the Sports Trust spans over 20 years, with the bank contributing over R20 million towards sports development in South Africa. The contributions are generated through the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme into which clients can support the development of sport through their everyday transactional and investment banking, at no cost to them.