The Cape Town Softball Association (CTSA) is battling to keep its head above water due to lack of sponsorship. The organisation was once regarded as the most successful softball body in Africa, but this crown seems to be slipping in recent years.
In an in-depth, exclusive interview with CTSA chairperson Noore Nacerodien, he admitted the game of softball needs a change in fortune as the community cannot afford to play sport anymore due to the high cost of fees, transport and equipment.
Lack of financial backing from benefactors has now urged Nacerodien to do something about this and “instead of begging for handouts to ensure the continued existence of our organisation, we must get off our backs and look at ways of raising funds to keep our heads above water”.
Nacerodien is making an appeal to golf enthusiasts to bust out their nine-irons to help CTSA.
“For many years the selected provincial and national softball players had to pay their own way to tournament championships.
“The poorer clubs are suffering due to their cash-strapped coffers to travel to venues to play and honour fixtures, with the result that many defaults have occurred in recent times and over the years. Clubs have been struggling and cannot afford to pay for transport.
“Another aspect and bone of contention is that some of our affiliated clubs have little or no equipment. Thus for many years the minnow sport codes, like softball, baseball, etc., failed to obtain assistance from the corporate world.”
Nacerodien is confident that the fundraising event could help ease the burden.
He is appealing to potential sponsors and companies to partner with the organisation to donate prizes and goody bag items.
Companies are also invited to purchase green putting branding packages, ranging from R4000 for a one four-ball hole, and on the green putting surfaces from R10 000 to R35 000 for either silver, gold and platinum sponsorship packages.
Nacerodien says he was told that the Mowbray Golf Club had gained a reputation for hardly having to close the course due to adverse conditions during the wet season.
The fundraising event invites golf enthusiasts to play an 18-hole game in four-person teams.
Entry for the tournament costs R1400 per four-ball or R350 per player.