SOWETO RUGBY FESTIVAL – TAKING THE GAME TO THE PEOPLE

The Soweto Rugby Club and Altech NuPay have had a long, positive association. Every year the Soweto Rugby Club attends 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 a number of years. This year was no exception and Altech NuPay once again made the decision to continue with this sponsorship in order to nurture the talent in the rural communities. We also became the title sponsor of the event.  In addition to sponsoring the Soweto Club First team, we also sponsored the Legends team with jerseys and various other items of kit. Altech NuPay felt that they wanted to extend the sponsorship to reach a bigger percentage of the community. T-shirts were printed to hand out to spectators attending the festival. What a wonderful sight, seeing loyal supporters of the Soweto Rugby Rugby Club team walking around in Altech NuPay shirts!

This festival, running from 26 – 28 April 2014, proved to be “lucky number 22” for the club. Even though they have been in the final the last three years, they have never been able to get over that last hurdle… until this year!! In an epic battle the Soweto Rugby Club (SRC) held their nerve against Ingculu Zebras from the Eastern Cape to finally lift the cup!

As cold as the day was, the victory over the Zebras warmed many a heart that day! Held under the banner “Rugby after 20 Years of Democracy,” the tournament helps develop both male and female rugby players. It was also a chance for township and rural rugby players to display their talents, and for the Bramfischer Community to put themselves on the Rugby map

As always, commemorative blazers were presented to the Legends that played for the club in the past. These blazers are just a token of appreciation and acknowledgement of their contribution to the club over the last 22 year during a banquet held on the 26th April.

Teams from Gauteng, Eastern Cape, North-West, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Free State participated in the festival on both senior and under 13 level. The thinking behind this is to promote rugby in the rural communities and, hopefully, by 2015 have teams that can compete on a higher level.

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.

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.

We at Altech NuPay would like congratulate them on this momentous win and to wish them the best of luck in the future endeavours going forward!