Netball South Africa president Cecilia Molokwane launched the 100 days build up to the Netball World Cup at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on Wednesday April 19.
The day was marked with festivities which included a mini street match with Sporting Chance’s under 13 girls’ team from Langa.
The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Zizi Kodwa, said, his department supported all sporting codes.
“Most successful countries, in sport, have a good foundation of school sports,” he said.
The event was also attended by Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith. MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, said she was excited to be part of the event as the World Cup will be a legacy for communities who want to play netball for many years to come.
“We want to ensure that girls and women across the province have access to the opportunity to play netball. Playing team sports brings opportunities for connection, for women to come together and find a community within a safe space. It is a space where women can not only play the game together but where they can find a space of physical and mental well-being, as well as finding support in those around them,” she said.
The city said it was finalising plans for four other fan parks, in Langa, Khayelitsha, Bellville South and Mitchells Plain.
The 100-days build-up will also include a street netball programme by the Sporting Chance Development Foundation. The tournament will feature more than 760 junior netball players and will be hosted across the city, including Grassy Park, Elsies River, Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha, Langa, Mfuleni, Ocean View and Nomzamo.