DCAS supports the WP Sport Organisations with R2,8 million
Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Theuns Botha handed over close to R2,8 million to the Western Province Sport Council on Wednesday 15 April 2015 at the Athlone Stadium in Athlone. This is part of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS)annual funding plan to support sport and recreation in the Western Cape.
The grant includes support for 19 major events scheduled to take place during the course of the 2015/16 financial year. The council will also distribute funds to its 46 affiliated sport federations for major events, development, transformation, administration and capacity building.
The event was attended by representatives of various affiliated sport federations, as well as the Chairperson of the Western Province Sport Council, JP Naudé and DCAS Chief Director of Sport and Recreation, Adv. Lyndon Bouah.
At the event, Sport and Recreation South Africa (the national department) handed over equipment to three clubs in the Cape Metro District to assist them to grow their sports, unearth new talent and become more competitive. These clubs are Sai Infantry Boxing Club, Burnley Ladies Football Club and CDP Sailing Club.
“Without the financial support of DCAS, our federations won’t be able to grow to their full potential,” said Naudé, “however, as the sport council we want to encourage our federations to use the funding to get leverage for sponsorship and therefore you will be able to double what you have now.”
Botha once again reiterated how important sport was to the economic growth of the province. “Sport has become a very important component of improving opportunity and economic growth,” he said. “We are actively developing and transforming sport so that we can become the best in the country. From there, we aim to compete on the world stage.”
On Monday 20 April 2015 DCAS will hand over funding to the West Coast Sport Council. Further details of this handover will be announced in due course and representatives of the media are invited to attend.
Through its partnerships with sport councils and sport federations, DCAS offers people of the Western Cape the opportunity to hone their sporting skills and grow their talent. Let us create an active and fit province BETTER TOGETHER.