Players, matches but no field

2017-03-30 06:03

GLASS, iron rods, cans, rocks, uneven terrain and no lights.

This is the lot of the Ocean View Rugby Football Club (RFC), that was established in 2012 and forms part of the Kouga Sub-Union and the Eastern Province Rugby Union.

According to Ronald Draai, Ocean View United Chairman, the emerging rugby club does not have the necessary facilities to practise and play rugby to their full potential.

“We are in desperate need of a decent training ground and a venue to host our fixtures,” says Draai. “We are currently using the open piece of land in Ocean View, but this is less than desirable,” says Draai. “It is littered with rubbish and building pens are all over the place. There are no lights - thus limiting our practice time considerably. It is not long enough. We cannot practise on a 10m long field, and when it comes to matches we must play on a 50m long field. Practising our kicks is also impossible.”

Draai, who is at his wits end, says their va-rious pleas to use the Tokyo Sexwale Stadium, have gone unnoticed.

We have not heard a word from the Kouga Municipality since we requested their permission last year to utilise the stadium. We only want to use the stadium every Wednesday and Thursday during the rugby season, and on Saturdays for league games.

“At this stage the stadium seems to belong to the soccer players. It feels as if no one is willing to take the initiative to grant us permission to utilise the stadium.”

Kouga Mayor Elza van Lingen says, “No correspondence has reached the relevant department regarding use of the sports field.

“We are a municipality that values community development programmes, including sport, and we would like to assist where we can.”

According to Van Lingen, the club can contact the Acting Manager: Cleansing and Parks Frank Tamboer at 042 200 8381.

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