Tournament fosters cohesion

2020-01-28 06:01

The spirit of community will be shared at the Community 10’s Rugby Competition at City Park in Athlone on Saturday 15 February.

Although 16 rugby teams will take part in the tournament, the day will be about more than the game. The aim of the event is to spread a set of key values.

“These values are at the core of what being part of a community is all about. The values being spoken of are perseverance, forgiveness, generosity, obedience and honesty.

“I must admit these values are not always seen in the behaviours of the community but in the manner in which this competition is run.

“Evidence can be seen through the event and the experiences of clubs who participated in the past two events,” says Mogammad Adams, tournament director.

The inaugural competition was played in January 2018 and the idea for the 10’s format rugby competition was initiated by Taariq van der Ross, a well-known coach and administrator within community club rugby. He approached Hamediehs, the club where he was coaching, and only then did the idea bear fruit.

His idea for a 10’s tournament was not a new concept, with the format being played internationally at rugby festivals and locally under a privately run business.

“Capetonians are familiar with the 10’s tournament held annually at Hamiltons but the community one is not about making money. Rather, it is to bring communities together.

“Before any ball is kicked on the pitch, we hand out care-packages to each of the participating clubs’ coaches. The care-packages include all the basics needed for training sessions: balls, cones, whistles and strapping,” Van der Ross says.

Collegians fielded two teams at the inaugural one in 2018 as a result of a late withdrawal and eight teams competed.

The 16 teams that will be participating this year comes from all over the metropole and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village. They include SK Walmers, Primrose, Tygerberg, Vineyards (the defending champions), Collegians, False Bay, Hamediehs (winner of the shield), Raithby, Blue Jets, Caledonian Roses, Morningstar, Goodwood, Blue Stars, Progress, Violets and Sir Lowrians.

The second instalment included 16 teams and matches were played at the iconic City Park Stadium in the heart of Athlone.

“There is no expectation of a participation fee for clubs. This is very different to typical club rugby or, indeed, sporting competitions I am aware of.

“How is all this being paid for, you may ask? In 2018, Hamediehs RFC started the Hamediehs Cares Foundation which effectively administers the event. They campaigned for investors willing to sponsor the foundation and referred to the sponsors as ‘investors in community’. Sounds appealing to me,” Adams says.

All proceeds will go to the Hamediehs Cares Foundation which is focused on youth development.

“Youth development is the third instalment of this wonderful event which truly exhibits what is best about community spirit.

“Organisers for the event have confirmed that the cost of entry is considerate of the community and is set at R20 per adult, R10 per child u.16 and parking at R20 per vehicle. Food will be available at the venue,” Adams says.

So, save the date, and see you at the Community 10’s on Saturday 15 February at City Park Stadium.

V For more details, follow on Instagram community_10s_ or contact Taariq van der Ross on 084 423 9396.

The spirit of community will be shared at the Community 10’s Rugby Competition at City Park in Athlone on Saturday 15 February. Although 16 rugby teams will take part in the tournament, the day will be about more than the game. The aim of the event is to spread a set of key values.

“These values are at the core of what being part of a community is all about. The values being spoken of are perseverance, forgiveness, generosity, obedience and honesty.

“Evidence can be seen through the event and the experiences of clubs who participated in the past two events,” says Mogammad Adams, tournament director.

The inaugural competition was played in January 2018 and the idea for the 10’s format rugby competition was initiated by Taariq van der Ross, a well-known coach and administrator within community club rugby. He approached Hamediehs, the club where he was coaching, and only then did the idea bear fruit. His idea for a 10’s tournament was not a new concept, with the format being played internationally at rugby festivals and locally under a privately run business.“Capetonians are familiar with the 10’s tournament held annually at Hamiltons but the community one is not about making money. Rather, it is to bring communities together.

“Before any ball is kicked on the pitch, we hand out care-packages to each of the participating clubs’ coaches. The care-packages include all the basics needed for training sessions: balls, cones, whistles and strapping,” Van der Ross says.

Collegians fielded two teams at the inaugural one in 2018 as a result of a late withdrawal and eight teams competed. The 16 teams that will be participating this year comes from all over the metropole and Sir Lowry’s Pass Village. They include SK Walmers, Primrose, Tygerberg, Vineyards (the defending champions), Collegians, False Bay, Hamediehs (winner of the shield), Raithby, Blue Jets, Caledonian Roses, Morningstar, Goodwood, Blue Stars, Progress, Violets and Sir Lowrians. The second instalment included 16 teams and matches were played at the iconic City Park Stadium in the heart of Athlone. “There is no expectation of a participation fee for clubs. This is very different to typical club rugby or, indeed, sporting competitions I am aware of.

“How is all this being paid for, you may ask? In 2018, Hamediehs RFC started the Hamediehs Cares Foundation which effectively administers the event. They campaigned for investors willing to sponsor the foundation and referred to the sponsors as ‘investors in community’. Sounds appealing to me,” Adams says.

All proceeds will go to the Hamediehs Cares Foundation which is focused on youth development.

“Youth development is the third instalment of this wonderful event which truly exhibits what is best about community spirit. Organisers for the event have confirmed that the cost of entry is considerate of the community and is set at R20 per adult, R10 per child u.16 and parking at R20 per vehicle. Food will be available at the venue,” Adams says. So, save the date, and see you at the Community 10’s on Saturday 15 February at City Park Stadium.

V For more details, follow on @community_10s_ on Instagram or contact Taariq van der Ross on 084 423 9396.

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