Chairman’s Message

jackie-photoThe Sports Trust continued to implement projects on behalf of their Trustees, corporate partners and donors, within disadvantaged communities and schools in South Africa.   These programmes continue to create access and opportunity for the youth to engage in healthy sporting activities which keeps them away from the social ills of society.

Together with our Trustees, corporate partners and donors we continue to work closely with the National Department of Sport and Recreation, assisting them with the implementation of the National Sports Plan. This includes the on-going installation of multipurpose sports courts and infrastructure within disadvantaged schools around the country.  These state of the art courts provide 5 sports on 1 court, namely 5 a side soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball and tennis, and are effective in creating “sporting hubs” in these communities to ensure that we continue to nurture our youth’s sporting talents.  To date a total of 45 courts have been installed and the Trust also continues to assist with the project management of the annual National Schools Championships.

 The Sports Trust continues to receive guidance from their Auditors, and adheres to the required corporate governance policies and procedures, ensuring that due processes are maintained within the Trust. The financial status as of 31 March 2016, showed a cash reserve of R R40 234 178 and reserve funds of R19 953 795, against the 2015 figures of cash reserve R 65, 2 million and reserve funds of R 25.3  million.

Executive Report

The Sports Trust is continuing to deliver on its mandate to assist communities and schools in areas where the majority of people are underprivileged and underdeveloped as a result of past imbalances. This also includes both abled and disabled persons to have access to much needed sports facilities, sporting equipment, kit and infrastructure. The essence of what we have achieved is encapsulated in the Annual Report for the 2015-2016 financial year. The report gives insight into:

Strategic Overview and Performance

Key highlights during the period under review include:

• The growing and sustained stakeholder participation, which is evident in the appointment of the Trust as the “implementation partner of choice”, resulting in tangible outcomes and increased access by the beneficiaries in areas of need.

• Our Governance policy which includes continuous assessment and monitoring of internal operations and policies enabled the Trust to be accountable, responsive and transparent in the management and delivery of its strategy.

Strategic Partnerships
The Trust together with its Trustees and partners, in particular Sport and Recreation South Africa, amidst the difficult economic climate with cuts in budgets, were able to transform landscapes and lives across South Africa. These strategic partnerships aided the installation of the sustainable multi-purpose sports courts that require minimal maintenance, upgrading and renovation of existing sport facilities.

Revenue Spent
Through these strategic partnerships, The Trust raised over R68 million of which R64 million was spent on sports development and infrastructure and R10 million on fundraising and operating expenses. The Auditor’s Report and Financial Statements are set out in the Annual Report.

The Trust hosted two fund raising events to market and generate additional income, namely The Sports Trust Corporate Quiz Challenge and The Sports Trust Golf Challenge.

Through the on-going support and commitment of our Board Trustees: Nedbank, Sun International, SuperSport, South African Breweries, Coca-Cola, Harmony Gold Mining Company, Cricket South Africa, the South African Rugby Union, the Sunshine Tour, our key partner and Trustee, the National Department of Sport and Recreation (SRSA), and our supporting partner the National Lotteries Commission, thousands of learners and community members have the opportunity to participate in sport and some have achieved higher levels of recognition and honours as provincial and national athletes.

The achievements of The Sports Trust are attributed to the leadership of the Chairman, the Board, and the unwavering commitment, loyalty, passion and perseverance of the Trust employees. All parties have displayed dedication in pursuit of the objectives of the Trust, which have manifested in sport being accessible to more disadvantaged South Africans as we continue to enhance education through sport.


Here are some of our highlights


Multipurpose Sports Courts

The Sports Trust continues to implement the world class, durable multipurpose sport courts, which have had a positive impact within the disadvantaged schools and communities where they have been placed. They provide a sporting hub where structured school sports leagues can take place and are key in nurturing our youth’s sporting talent, as outlined in the National Sports Plan.

The National Department of Sport & Recreation continue to work with the Trust as its implementation partner and a total of 15 multipurpose sports courts were installed in this financial year.

The Sports Trust donated a multipurpose sport court to Riverview Primary School in the Western Cape, who were crowned the fittest school out of 473 primary schools, in the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge.

Nedbank in partnership with The Sports Trust donated a sport court to Ivory Park Primary school as part of their continued sports development initiative.

The multipurpose sport court provides the following benefits :
• 20 year life span & 15 year warranty
• Low maintenance
• It provides lateral forgiveness on the joints
• It is eco-friendly and zero waste
• It provides 5 sports on 1 court : 5-a-side soccer (futsal), netball, basketball, tennis and volleyball


Million rand raised

Facilities funded

Children with access to facilities

Thank you to our generous funders

Cycling Development Programme

The Sports Trust Cycling Development Programme funded by Nedbank has invested and supported the development of cycling in schools in the Western Cape since 2005. The programme also has the support of the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, as well as Cycling South Africa. Since its inception over 2000 learners have been introduced to the sport of cycling and learnt road safety, valuable life lessons and that hard work and commitment to any task brings rewards.

On 6th March 2016 the top selected 80 development cyclists competed in the annual Cape Town Cycle Tour and gained invaluable experience in competing in one of the largest timed cycling events in the world. It was very exciting for The Sports Trust when two (2) of the development cyclists successfully completed this race in under 3 hours, which was an excellent achievement, as they were only 22 minutes behind the overall professional winner, Clint Hendricks.

During the course of the year these learners were also competing in the Sports Trust Community Cycle races, and the Western Province School Cycling League in order to identify the “elite development cyclists” who were then be nurtured and provided with the necessary support and assistance. The Sports Trust remains committed to this programme with their funders, to ensure the continued development of both male and female cyclists within these schools, and progressing them to become the next generation of professionals within our South African teams.


Million rand raised since 2005

bikes provided to schools in the Western Cape

Learners participating in the cycling programme

Thank you to our generous funders and donors

Running Development Programme

The running development programme was started in 2012 in order to introduce the sport of running and cross country to development schools in KwaZulu Natal, and align this initiative with the Comrades Marathon, in terms of training future runners to participate in this event one day. Nedbank is one of the main sponsors of the 2015 Comrades Marathon. The programme is supported by Kwazulu Natal Athletics.

This programme offers learners opportunity to participate in road running and cross country, and provides the learners with a uniform look in the Nedbank branded kits and gives them a sense of belonging and unity. The Sports Trust provided the learners with running shoes aqcuired from New Balance at cost in 2015. This fosters personal development and increases self-esteem.

Although the programme may not provide financial support, the learners are able to engage with other learners and semi pro-runners when they travel to other races and events, thus affording them the opportunity to broaden their horizons, and meet senior road and cross country runners. In 2015 these learners competed in the Youth Race and then selected learners competed in the Esigodini Race in Pietermaritzburg and the Cross Country race in Amanzimtoti. This programme continues to identify and nurture cross country and long distance running talent.


Thousand rand raised

Running shoes purchased

Learners participating in the running programme

Thank you to our generous funders and donors

Nedbank Soccer Kit Campaign

Nedbank is a Trustee of The Sports Trust,  and their goal is to lay a solid foundation for sports development through its partnership with the Sports Trust which has yielded incredible results over the years. Since 2010, the Nedbank soccer development programme has reached more than 500 schools in all 9 provinces. Schools receive soccer kits and training equipment in order to learn soccer skills and proudly represent their schools when wearing their kit. Nedbank believes that these initiatives go a long way in the development of sports in the country and they are continuously searching for opportunities that can enable people to make things that really matter happen. It has been proven that education and sports development are key building blocks in the development of our society. Through this initiative one day these children can achieve their dreams and play in the Nedbank Cup.


Thousand rand raised

Soccer and training kits purchased

Learners participating in the soccer development programme

Thank you to our generous funders and donors

Kickboxing Development Programme

The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport together with The Sports Trust partnered with the Western Cape Kick Boxing Association in order to provide an  “anti-gangsterism” programme for the youth in gang infested communities. In 2015 The Association received funding of R100,000 from The Sports Trust in order to purchase equipment for these identified clubs. This joint venture has been successful and provided an opportunity for the youth to    participate in kick boxing training, anti-bullying techniques, attending competitions and using sport as an alternative to gang related behaviour.


Clubs within the program 1. Currently the following clubs are within the program since the roll-out of the program:

1.1 West Coast- Moorreesburg and Veldrif

1.2 Eden – Blanco Kickboxing Club

1.3 Cape Metro – Delft

Number of students 1. Moorreesburg started with 20, now 40

2. Veldrif started with 11, now 22

3. Eden started with 10, now 60

4. Delft started with 15, now 25

Achievements 1.  06 members – District/Provincial colors

2. 05 members – SA Presidential Colors

3. 08 members – SA National Colors

Progress 1. The progress of these clubs are in sync with the projections of the WCPKA.

2. More quality competitions will ensure better performances.

3. The clubs have projected quite some extensive growth in terms members.


Thousand rand raised

Kickboxing clubs in the programme

Learners participating in the kickboxing development programme

Thank you to our generous funders and donors

Swimming Development Programme

The Sports Trust partnered the Imvula Foundation an NGO that supports swimming in 11 schools in Mdantsane in East London. Imvula Foundation installed portable pools in secured classrooms and trained and certified unemployed youth as instructors to teach the children and community members water safety and how to swim. Once the learners and community have mastered the basic strokes they are then transported to the municipal pool for further instruction with the aim to identify talent and nurture the potential swimmers to participate in swimming competitions. The partnership from The Sports Trust has ensured the continuation of the programme by supporting the first aid training courses for the instructors, swimming equipment and towels, and pool maintenance products.


Thousand rand raised

Schools participating in the programme

Children participating in the swimming programme

Riverlea Cricket Club

The Sports Trust partnered with the Gauteng Cricket Board to rebuild and refurbish the Riverlea Cricket Club. This included the club receiving new change rooms and an office, which was built at a cost of R 600,000.

Anita Mathews, Executive Director of The Sports Trust says “Increasing access to sport and sports facilities for our disadvantaged youth is key to the success of identifying our future sports heroes. We have been able to achieve this through our partnership with the Gauteng Cricket Board, and believe that this facility will continue to “Enhance Education through Sport” in this community”.


Thousand rand raised

Young cricket players utilizing the facility weekly

Thank you to our generous funders and donors

Annual Fundraising Events

Gladiators Corporate Quiz Challenge

The annual Sports Trust quiz night took place on Thursday 29th October, at Theatre on the Track, near Kyalami, in Johannesburg. The theme was “Gladiators”, and thirty (30) Corporate Teams enjoyed dressing up and battling it out against each other for overall winning status, during 6 rounds of sports trivia questions.

The overall winners of the 2015 Sports Trust Quiz were Assure Investment Services, Anthea Knowles, said “We At Assure Investment Services were absolutely delighted to win the Sports Quiz, we are hugely passionate about Sport in general and what The Sports Trust provides to those in need. Every year the event is filled with amazing entertainment and challenging questions on various sports. We are honoured to be part of the event and very proud we won this year”. 2nd Place, was Levergy and 3rd place achieved by Blue Label Telecoms.

Funds raised are used for supplying sporting kit, equipment and upgrading facilities so that schools are able to participate in sport and children can live healthier lives.


Thousand rand raised

People attended

Thank you to our generous funders and donors

Sports Trust Golf Challenge

Nedbank and Sun International are the founding Trustees of The Sports Trust and also the main sponsors of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, which is one of the premier international golfing tournaments that is hosted annually at Sun City. The Sports Trust Golf Challenge is hosted the day after NGC, and raises R 1 million annually for sport development. This tournament provides amateur golfers with the opportunity to play the Gary Player Golf Course exactly as the professionals played it on the final day of the NGC tournament.

In 2015 The South African Golf Development Board (SAGDB) received a donation of R 450K, which was used for golf kit, equipment and they were able to open up a Chapter in the North West Province. The South African Disabled Golf Association (SADGA) received a donation of R 250K and these funds were used to upgrade a new indoor golf training area so that disabled learners from the surrounding schools can continue to play golf and increase their physical fitness at the same time.


Thousand rand raised

Development golfers participating in the programme

Thank you to our generous funders and donors


Thank you to our loyal Trustees and donors for partnering with us in another succesful year.

Financial Report 2015/2016

Total Donations

The year under review presents pleasing results as we report on the Trust’s contribution to changing the landscape of sport in our country by making it more accessible, inclusive and sustainable for both abled and disabled sporting codes.