New rugby team aims to help kids

The Olutsha Wolves is a newly established rugby team which has sprung into existence thanks to the help of the Bathandwa Ndondo Legacy Project, a programme aimed at promoting rugby development in underprivileged schools.

“We realised that when many of the children in our programme leave high school, they are stranded with nothing to do and thus run the risk of going back to a life of drugs and alcohol.

“We then decided to start a rugby club that would continue working with the youths once they leave school. In the process, we do not abandon them at any point,” executive committee member Buhle Ntsebeza said.

The team currently has no base but their matches are played in Mdantsane.

“We can’t afford to have our own field at this point so even practices are not as consistent as we would like.
“But it’s a start and things will develop as we go forward,” Ntsebeza said.

“Our objectives are to not only develop young talent, but to also develop the club to the point where it is competing in the Super League, which is the highest league in the Border [region].”

The team’s initial goal is to qualify for the first division which will allow them to play on Saturdays instead of Sundays.

The team currently competes in the Sunday league, the East London sub-union.

“Our off-field goals include expanding the brand and fan base of the club. We also want to get major sponsors on board as we believe this project is one that should meet the CSI criteria of businesses,” Ntsebeza said.

“As for the name, wolves generally hunt in packs and stay in a united territory. Also, they are very strong and feisty, yet they still can be very warm, family orientated and protective of their loved ones. These are traits we would also want for our club.”

Ntsebeza said the club was in need of community support and sponsors.

“Running a club has massive costs such as equipment, strapping,, transportation and the like, and all support, no matter how small it may seem, goes a long way in assisting us carry out the objectives,” he said.

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