SOWETO RUGBY FESTIVAL– FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS TO GLORY

The Soweto Rugby Club and Altech NuPay have always shared a long, positive association. Every year the Soweto Rugby Club hosts a national rugby festival catering to clubs in the rural communities. Altech NuPay has been involved, as a sponsor, with the Soweto Rugby Club for 13 years, and once again Altech NuPay made the decision to continue with this sponsorship in order to nurture the talent in the rural communities this year.


This festival that ran from the 28th of April to the 1st of March 2016 saw teams from all over the country participated to win the coveted cup. The club is planning on increasing the number of teams that participate to ten or twelve teams in the next year or two. They are also planning to extend the tournament by having games played over a period of six days. This will not only expand the reach of the tournament, but also help to further development in these communities.


Teams from Gauteng, Eastern Cape, North-West, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Free State have been participating in the festival on both senior and under 13 level. The thinking behind this has been to promote rugby in the rural communities and hopefully have teams competing in bigger competitions in the near future.


Zola Ntlokoma, Secretary of the Soweto Rugby Club, has stated that by taking the game to the people, they are hoping to encourage children in the rural communities to play rugby. This is also the perfect opportunity for these children to meet their heroes face-to-face. This tournament has become such an integral part of the development initiative that players and spectators alike look forward to it every year. Spectators from all participating clubs were there in the grand stands, cheering their teams on to glory.


The Gauteng Department of Sport and Recreation, The Lions Rugby Union as well as a number of other sponsors/partners have shown their support in making this event a huge success. Mr. Ntlokoma has also expressed the hope that their support will continue and grow in the years to come.


We at Altech NuPay would like congratulate them on hosting another hugely successful tournament and would like to wish them the best of luck in their endeavours going forward!