One of the Mother City’s renowned multi-sport festivals will return this weekend after a year-long hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Cape Town 10s will welcome 80 social netball teams, 50 social rugby teams and 20 dodgeball teams from Friday, 4 February until Saturday, 5 February at Green Point Common fields.
According to a statement by the City of Cape Town, at this year’s event, attendance will be limited to 2 000 people at three different venues as well as 20 live music performances from local artists. This is the 14th year that the event will be running.
“The City has been supporting the Cape Town 10s for the last nine years and it has grown from a rugby-only tournament to a multi-sport event that has also included beach volleyball, hockey, football and most recently a 6km fun run,” the statement read.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith indicated that the City was specifically attracted to supporting the Cape Town 10s by its focus on developmental programmes for young people, especially those featuring current and former national athletes imparting knowledge on future sports stars.
“It is inspiring that these players are able to give their time to share their knowledge with these young prospective players. This embodies the Cape Town spirit of giving back to the community,” Smith said.
According to Smith, this year’s event will also feature a South African Netball legends team that will shine the spotlight on the upcoming 2023 Netball World Cup to be hosted here in Cape Town.
“The 10s is an important event not only for raising awareness about the world cup but it is a positive indication for the events ecosystem, which is steadily lifting itself up from a pandemic that has decimated jobs in the sector.
“We are looking forward to working with the organisers to make it a successful festival,” Smith adds.
Meanwhile, organisers will also host 70 children for rugby coaching clinics by former and current professional rugby players.
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