MOD Programme Honoured by Regional Softball Federation
Learners and coaches from the MOD (Mass participation, Opportunity and access, Development and growth) programme were honoured at the Western Province Softball Federation (WPSF) awards ceremony on 2 May 2014.
Lavender Hill Softball Club, which brings together MOD participants at Hillwood Primary School and Lavender Hill High School, received awards for winning the third division league as well as the knockout competition. Lavender Hill High School MOD centre learner Grivonne Rhoda was chosen as best player in the third division and MOD Programme coach Jacky Adonis was a joint winner of the women’s player of the year award. Other awards went to the Western Cape Sport School (first division league title) and Moses Molaba, named sportsman of the year.
Head of Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) Brent Walters said the work being done by the federation was important for developing youth sport in the Western Cape. Paul Hendricks of DCAS emphasised the importance of bridging the urban-rural divide. “We have softball MOD centres in the rural areas that will benefit greatly from being exposed to a formal league structure. It is of utmost importance that we continue to grow sport in the rural areas,” he said.
WPSF president Lee-Roy Torien noted that this would be the last Western Province award ceremony as the federation would be moving into a Western Cape structure. “We could not have done this without the help of DCAS officials, who were with us every step of the way,” he said.