The Gauteng Sports Confederation has welcomed the SASCOC inaugural national conference that takes place in Mangaung, Free State on Friday and Saturday.
GSC General Secretary Yaseen Lombard said the conference which focuses on grass roots sports structures would be an important aspect of improving sports participation and performance on the ground.
SASCOC in partnership with Sports and Recreation South Africa (SRSA), South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) and other stakeholders will be hosting the inaugural national conference this week.
The conference will bring together, under one roof, all Municipalities and SASCOC members to discuss and devise workable plans on access to sports facilities, review of lease agreements, handover of new facilities to federations and NFs involvement in the construction of facilities.
The GSC delegation will include Lombard and GSC President Barry Hendricks. “We look forward to robust discussion on how we can take sport forward across all spheres. We as the GSC team are at the coal face of grass roots sports development and we know first-hand just how much support is required in South African communities to develop sport.”
The GSC has implemented a host of programmes aimed at improving coaching; upgrading facilities and developing administrators across schools and federations to meet the demands of modern sports management.
“The conference is an attempt to bring role players in sport together to see whether we are on top of the decisions we took around so many aspects on sport contained in the National Sport and Recreation Plan, said Lombard. “We believe that we can be an important voice in taking the discussions forward.”
Other important matters to be discussed in the conference will include: SRSA’s Facilities Plan on the provision of facilities in rural communities, a plan on auditing of sports facilities and a discussion on how SALGA should utilise the expertise of national federations to run its SALGA Games.
SASCOC decided on the conference after noting that districts and provinces’ experienced challenges with access to facilities and better working relations with SA Local Government Association structures (SAGA). The two bodies then signed a Memorandum of Understanding in March this year and subsequently agreed on hosting a joint national conference to address these fundamental issues that affect sport at grass roots level.
Approximately 500 delegates are expected to attend the conference.