Facility Upgrades to Boost Sport in Ekurhuleni
Tennis, baseball and boxing in Ekurhuleni are set for a boost from hundreds of thousands of rands in upgrades as part of the Gauteng Sports Confederation’s multi-million rand facility upgrade project.
This GSC has raised an amount of R5million for the building and upgrading of community sport facilities in partnership with the Gauteng Gambling Board. The main objective of the project is to assist in the creation of sustainable sporting environments in which the participating communities of Gauteng will, in conjunction with schools and sport federations, participate in sport and healthy, physically active lifestyles.
The Vosloorus Tennis Club, which has produced players who are now playing in the provincial team is set for an extensive upgrade of its courts; club house; ablution facilities and perimeter fence. The club has also had junior development programmes ongoing for the past four years as has opened up new avenues for kids in the community.
Thami Ndlalane, a coach at the club, said the upgrades would go a long way to assisting them in running their programmes. “The Tennis courts are used for training and matches and more than 80 individuals use the courts on a daily basis,” he said. “The surfaces of the courts are cracked, the fences have been dismantled and some of the courts don’t have nets. The clubhouse is used by everyone as changing rooms and storage facility.”
Baseball in the region is also set for a generous boost. Firstly the Boksburg Sports Stadium will benefit from a thorough refurbishment which will include the upgrade of new bull pens; building of new batting cages as well as benches in the dugouts.
Secondly, in Germiston, the Cardinal Baseball Club will have their perimeter replaced in the outfield and along the baseline with good quality wire mesh; have two enclosed pitching bullpens on the first and third base side installed; and have two batting cages built.
In Katlehong, the Mpharanyana Hall, which houses the JD Boxing Academy, will benefit from both interior and exterior refurbishment as well as repairs to the ablution facilities.