COMMUNITY UPLIFTMENT THROUGH SPORTS
Like many communities in South Africa, sport takes centre stage in Loeriesfontein, acting as a cohesive force that lies at the heart and soul of the community. With this in mind Loeriesfontein and Khobab Wind Farms have funded the renovations and upgrade of the Loeriesfontein municipal sports & recreation facilities.
“Sport is an important aspect of any community, bringing not only the participants together, but their families and the broader community too, including local schools. Furthermore, research shows that, sports is shown to have extensive social benefits,” said Vanessa Fredericks, Economic Development Manager.
Rugby and soccer remain the most popular sports in this town as well as in the region, which is why the facilities include both rugby and soccer equipment installation, in addition to the electrical supply upgrade to the field and sports hall. To extend the sports days into evening events, suitable lighting has been installed, as well as a pump station installation and palisade fencing. Natural grass has also been planted and an irrigation system that makes use of recycled water has been installed, to reduce stress on the town’s water supply.
Councillor Jacques Klaaste commented on the impact of this on the community of Loeriesfontein, saying, “As gemeenskap is ons baie bly vir die grasoppervlakte by ons sportgronde. Dit sal verseker dat ons meer sportgeleenthede kan aanbied veral met betrekking tot skole sport. Dit sal ook n positiewe bydrae lewer om veral ons jeug en werklose jeugdiges te motiveer om meer betrokke te raak by sport aktiwiteite”.
“We hope to get more school children and youth involved in community sporting activities, so that the younger generations can grow up with the associated benefits. Considering that international rugby-star WP Nel was born in Loeriesfontein, the town has the potential to produce sporting champions,” concluded Fredericks.