The Executive Mayor of George, Alderman Charles Standers, again made history in uplifting the local community when he announced the launch of the inaugural Mayoral Cup Sevens Tournament to be held at Outeniquapark Stadium in George on Saturday, 29 November 2014.
Thank you to those who have responded so positively to the appeal that we sent out on Friday. Your favorable consideration and support is key to a successful tournament.and your support is truly appreciated.
IMPORTANT News: The deadline for Companies to register and/or commit to this initiative has been extended to midday on Wednesday 19th November 2014.
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“We are all aware that sport is certainly one of the most powerful community development vehicles that can be used to add value to our community life, while adding skills and innate talents of individual players continue to develop.
“The Mayor’s Rugby Sevens tournament will also pave the way for the strengthening of the already existing partnership between the George Municipality (represented here by myself and the Municipal Manager), SWD Rugby (here represented by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Johan Prinsloo) and George Chamber of Commerce (here represented by the President, Dr Willie Cilliers) and management representatives of the various participating clubs.
I urge all partners to acknowledge your participative role in George – participation in sports, sports development, Youth Empowerment- and thereby establish a new legacy that will grow with our city,” Alderman Standers said.
This event which would be one of the top events in George this year is a partnership between George Municipality, SWD Rugby Union and the George Business Chamber. The Mayor wants communities to come in their droves to Outeniqua Stadium. The gate money was even kept at a giveaway of R10, to allow more people to attend.
It is co-hosted by the George Municipality and the SWD Rugby Union, will see 16 teams from the George Municipal Area compete for the Mayoral Cup trophy and will compete in 4 groups formatted on the existing IRB Sevens circuit principles.
The teams which are all affiliated to the SWD Rugby Union and committed themselves to the Tournament are the Evergreens RFC, Progress RFC, Blanco United RFC, Crusaders RFC, Silver Stars RFC, George RFC, NMMU RFC, Maori’s RFC, Black Lions RFC, Young Roses RFC, Young Leaves RFC and United Stars RFC, Uniondale RFC, Rosedale RFC, Pro Stars RFC and Touwsranten RFC. Prize money for the event is R10 000 for the winner, R5 000 for the Runner up and R2 500 for third place.
All the teams and all role-players signed memorandums of understanding.
Each Team will be adopted by a George Business Chamber affiliate. Dr Willie Cilliers, Chairperson of the George Business Chamber congratulated the George Municipality with its initiative. “This is a watershed moment for George and I want to be there where a difference could be made. Sport is the glue that will bring people and business together,” Cilliers said.
An invitation went out to the business sector whereby they could pledge sponsorship of one team. Sponsors will be allowed branding rights for the duration of the tournament, while earning valuable social investment exposure of a sponsor to every 7’s team will be matched by means of a random process. Business owners are welcome to still pledge their sponsorship by calling Naz Cupido on 084 562 4817.
Prinsloo said it is a prerogative to be partners in this great event. He thanked Alderman Standers for his vision and great leadership in George. He congratulated the teams taking part in the tournament and encouraged them to give their best.
The ten most promising players identified during this tournament, will be invited to attend the SARU Sevens Academy in Stellenbosch.