This year’s Nedbank Development Runners, were provided with running kit and running shoes by PUMA and then took place in the Youth Race on Saturday 28th May 2016, at Kings Park Rugby outer fields which was managed by the KZN Department of Sport and Recreation as well as KZN Athletics. This event provides an opportunity for both individual runners and schools to enter their teams and participate in the 5km and 10km fun run. The Nedbank Development school running program which is implemented by The Sports Trust, entered 9 schools and 1 Elite School Team , a total of 200 runners into this year’s Youth Race.
The two Elite Team members, Nonhlanha Gcina and Aphelele Jileka, won overall 1st and 2nd position of the 10km Youth Race this year, these ladies and are from Wiggins High School. They are part of this Nedbank development running programme and were also selected to join the KZN Sports academy. They are excited to be part of this programme, which is progressing their training and hope to one day compete in the Ultimate Human Race, Comrades Marathon.
Cash prizes are awarded to individuals in the 10km race, and then in the 5km race the schools win prizes for the most finishers, and a minimum of 100 entrants in order to qualify. They are awarded with prizes ranging from R 6000 to R 1000 for their schools.
Brett Bellinger, Director for Marketing at PUMA says :”Grassroots involvement is as critical to us at PUMA and we are very proud to be able to support these development athletes associated with The Sports Trust and KZN Athletics. We have provided the school runners with PUMA running shoes which will help them to positively change their performance through speed, spontaneity and innovation. We hope that this program will unearth new talent so that we can find the next Usain Bolt or Henricho Bruintjies,and that is why it is so important for us to support these youngsters by supporting them with these running shoes helping them to perform at their best.” 32 Gi and Futurlife also provided nutritional support to this year’s development runners.
‘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.
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.’