Development Runners Push Their Limits

Updated: Feb 27, 2018

Nedbank and The Sports Trust are enabling more than 200 students from 10 schools to participate in the KwaZulu-Natal 10 km Youth Run, which will take place on Saturday, 28 May – the day before the 2016 Comrades Marathon – and is supported by KZN Athletics. Nedbank has donated R300 000 for the 2016 Nedbank Development Running Programme to The Sports Trust, which provides running kit and shoes for the students who will participate in this year’s 10 km Youth Run. Since inception in 2012 the programme has reached over 700 learners.

‘As a bank for all Nedbank is committed to enabling the communities we serve to make the things that really matter happen. This investment forms a significant part of our sports development programme in partnership with The Sports Trust and has the potential to produce future Comrades Marathon champions,’ said Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Sponsorship and Cause Marketing at Nedbank.

This year, for the first time since 2012, this programme has identified an elite development team. Two of the athletes, Nonhlanhla Gcina and Nomcebo Mtshali, have shown great skill and talent and have been chosen to join the KZN Sports Academy. ‘We’re excited to be part of this programme and through it we’ve been able to progress in our training and have the opportunity to focus on achieving our aspirations of one day competing in the Comrades Marathon,’ said Gcina.

Anita Mathews, Executive Director of The Sports Trust, says: ‘Nedbank is a valued trustee of The Sports Trust, and provides us with the necessary funding in order to implement sustainable sports development programmes in disadvantaged schools and communities. This is essential for talent identification and the transformation process in sport. We thank Nedbank and KZN Athletics for helping us to continue to enhance education through sport.’

Since 1994 Nedbank has contributed more than R26 million to the development of sports through the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme, which has distributed over R60 million to more than 700 projects through The Sports Trust since its inception. The programme is sustained through Nedbank clients who link their current, savings, investment or credit card account to the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme. The more they bank and invest with Nedbank, the more money is contributed to sports development in South Africa, at no cost to the client.

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