Rural Sport Development Games Search For Talent In Overberg
On 1 September 2018 the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) partnered with the Theewaterskloof Municipality and the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) programme to host the Overberg Rural Sport Development Programme(RSDP) Games.
So much positive energy was present when approximately 300 youth from Barrydale, Swellendam, Caledon, Genadendal, Botriver, Grabouw and Villiersdorp arrived with buses to participate in netball, football, rugby and cross country for boys and girls at the Villiersdorp Sport Grounds.
DCAS Chief Director for Sport and Recreation, Dr Lyndon Bouah, stressed the value of accomplishment for youth coming out of daily challenging environments to enjoy healthy competition against other towns in a friendly environment. “The RSDP is a national initiative that is part of nation building. It is heartwarming to see the enjoyment of the youth participating at a wonderful facility that was funded by DCAS”, he said.
The Mayor of Theewaterskloof, Christelle Vosloo, expressed her happiness about youth making new friends, while wholeheartedly competing in mainstream sporting codes in a safe environment. “As the mayor of the municipal area I can assure you that our focus is firmly on community building, development and growth”, she said.
The RSDP saw the revival of sport and talent in the rural areas across the province, with a special focus on farming areas. Since August 2018 intra-district games took place in the Cape Winelands, Central Karoo, Garden Route and West Coast. The next and last intra-district event is scheduled for 15 September 2018 in Cape Town. Winners in the various codes of the intra-district games will compete at the Provincial RSDP Games towards the end of October 2018.
DCAS promotes sport in the rural communities. Let us continue to encourage our youth to take part in sport to build a healthier and stronger Western Cape, BETTER TOGETHER.