The Buffalo City Municipality Touch Association (BCMTA) recently held a fund-raising eventfunction at Spur in Vincent Park for players who will be touring to the South African Touch Association (SATA) Junior Natio- nals in Cape Town next month.
The touch rugby players are from Sinouvuyo High School, Greenpoint SecondarySchool, John Bissiker, Alphendale High School and Philemon High. School.
Actor Jacques Blignaut – known for his role as Vince Meintjies on 7de Laan – was the guest speaker at the event.
“Blignaut offered his services for free, as he is passionate when it comes to developing young talent. We are grateful he has taken his time to help us.
“Touch is internationally recognised, yet it is inexpensive to implement. It needs cones, balls and space to play so it is ideal for underfunded communities and schools.
“The project was launched in Duncan Village in February 2018 with SATA’s Craig Mason running the training,” said BCMTA marketing and financial officer Ingrid Wylde.
She said the project would motivate, empower and create fitness and commitment for young learners from the communities of Duncan Village, Buffalo Flats, Pefferville and Mdantsane.
“In 2018 BCMTA, in spite of struggling with funds, attended their first Junior National Tournament in Johannesburg, and U19 captain Gerard Goliath received the Most Valued Player award, voted for by all the national referees. It was a magnificent achievement for his first tournament,” said Wylde.
She said this year they had expanded to 11 high schools and five primary schools, with girls’ and boys’ teams in each age group.
“We will be taking 33 players and coaches to Cape Town. The coaches are unemployed, so we have helped them learn the correct skills and become certified, so that it will be easy for them to get employment.
“It will cost each player R2,800 for the tour and we have tasked them to at least raise R1,000 for the trip.”
SATA was established in 1994 and is a full member of the Federation of International Touch (FIT).
“Each of the nine official regional associations have their own executive committees, with a constitution that is in line with SATA. The amateur status of the sport and its impressive growth bears testament to its appeal and the commitment of the players who have been bitten by the ‘touch’ bug,” Wylde said.
Anyone wants to donate can contact Wylde at 082-903-3966 or email her at email@example.com.