SunCares Rugby

LR - Paradise Bend Primary School won the U13 an U10

LR – Paradise Bend Primary School won the U13 an U10

The changing face of rugby in communities – Tsogo Sun’s SunCares rugby opening tournament.   On Saturday the Tsogo Sun team and a few ‘boks had loads of fun at the first SunCares Rugby Opening Tournament.  Before I post some of the photos, here’s a bit of a background into this CSI project of ours:

“Rugby development needs to be a smooth running conveyor belt from school level right through to super rugby and national team level, where coaching, training, encouraging and advancing of talented players must be consistent throughout the process.  Our national Springbok team can only ever be as strong as its nursery – and the nursery starts in every school where rugby is played.

If rugby is not happening at school level, there cannot be the great success we all expect to see at national team level.” says SARU deputy president Mark Alexander on the occasion of Tsogo Sun’s second SunCares Sports Academy rugby festival for schools in Diepsloot on 3 August.

The Tsogo Sun SunCares Sports Academy rugby programme is one of our group’s corporate social investment initiatives, operating with extensive collaborations that include Golden Lions Rugby Union, Gauteng Department of Education and the Department of Sports and Recreation.  The festival will see more than 600 youngsters from seven Diepsloot primary schools participating at Bophelong Sports Complex in Diepsloot.

“Before the SunCares programme, no rugby had been played in any of the Diepsloot schools – now the youngsters are developing a passion for it and are keen to put in the hard work and the practice necessary to advance in the game,” says Glenn Joseph, general manager of Montecasino, a primary sponsor of the rugby programme .

Alexander says that many of SARU’s top players started playing rugby at schools located in far-flung rural areas, and then played for their own communities before joining the higher ranks at provincial or even national rugby level.

Joseph adds, “At the time of the Rugby World Cup in 1995, Nelson Mandela said, ‘Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand.’ We’ve seen this in our country. We’ve seen sport add a new dimension to the culture of national unity in South Africa. We’ve seen it add to the hope of our nation for a bright future for every South African. We’re now seeing it in action in our community – and we’re immensely proud to be a part of it.”

LR - Gavin Annandale, JJ Breedt, Lucy Purdon -  Miss Earth Finalist, Stephan Greef, Ruhan Nel and children from the Diepsloot Combined

LR – Gavin Annandale, JJ Breedt, Lucy Purdon – Miss Earth Finalist, Stephan Greef, Ruhan Nel and children from the Diepsloot Combined

LR - Muzomuhle Primary School tackling Musenga Primary School

LR – Muzomuhle Primary School tackling Musenga Primary School

LR - Sax Chirwa and Attie Van Der Linda giving the boys from Muzomuhle Primary School a few pointers

LR – Sax Chirwa and Attie Van Der Linda giving the boys from Muzomuhle Primary School a few pointers

LS - Chiliboy Ralepelle scrums with one of the Tsogo Sun SunCares teams at the SunCares festival

LS – Chiliboy Ralepelle scrums with one of the Tsogo Sun SunCares teams at the SunCares festival

LS - Chiliboy Ralepelle with Musenga Primary School players in the Tsogo Sun SunCares festival

LS – Chiliboy Ralepelle with Musenga Primary School players in the Tsogo Sun SunCares festival

LS - Golden Lions Rugby players giving the Tsogo Sun SunCares rugby boys from Paradise Bend Primary School a hand

LS – Golden Lions Rugby players giving the Tsogo Sun SunCares rugby boys from Paradise Bend Primary School a hand

LS - Sax Chiwa and Dave Von Hoesslin from the SA Rugby Legends Muzomuhle Primary School

LS – Sax Chiwa and Dave Von Hoesslin from the SA Rugby Legends Muzomuhle Primary School

Sax Chirwa and Attie Van Der Linda giving the boys from Muzomuhle Primary School a few pointers

Sax Chirwa and Attie Van Der Linda giving the boys from Muzomuhle Primary School a few pointers

Sax Chiwa and Dave Von Hoesslin from the SA Rugby Legends Muzomuhle Primary School

Sax Chiwa and Dave Von Hoesslin from the SA Rugby Legends Muzomuhle Primary School

4 Replies to “SunCares Rugby”

  1. I was honored to be part of Tsogo Sun Rugby tournament in Diepsloot on Saturday 3rd. being a sport enthusiast and to see those young fellows on the rugby field was a priceless moment that will leave in my mind for a long time, Tsogo Sun has just echoed the sentiment recited by one of African Educational guru who once said; “…To us the future of our kids is very personal”.
    Thanks to all the Tsogo Sun volunteers, organizers and management

  2. What a fantastic initiative and hats off to Tsogo Sun for giving back to those less-fortunate in such an exciting and fun way. You really are doing so much to uplift this community and be a shining example to other large organisations who, like yourselves, carry such influence in South Africa. In the words of Nelson Mandela:

    “Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.”

    You are part of the Madiba Legacy – hats off to all of you!

  3. It is wonderful to see TsogoSun supporting such a wonderful initiative in South Africa – investing in children is investing in our country’s future.
    Also awesome to see our rugby players getting out there & lending the kids a helping hand 🙂
    It is very motivational for the little ones to get to spend time with well-known sports personalities 🙂

    Well done TsogoSun! 🙂
    You make us proud!

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