Six netball teams participated in a heritage day tournament on 24 September 2018 at Multipurpose to honor South African heritage through sports.
Lebogang Ramatlho, a member of Cosmo City’s Sports Forum and a netball coach, organized the one day tournament to celebrate heritage day. The participating teams were from Cosmo City Zandspruit and Diepsloot. Nyeletsi Netball Club won the tournament and The Young Ones became the runners up. Some of the teams which participated include Conquerors, Ultimate girls and The Flying Squad.
Ramatlho told Cosmo City Chronicle that it was a good thing for the ladies to spend the day celebrating in the netball pitch as it shows the linkage between heritage and sports. The main aim of the tournament was to show that netball is alive, she said..
“Netball is one of the most overlooked sports in the community,” said Ramatlho. “People always turn a blind eye when it comes to sports that are facilitated by women, but we want to show people that netball is a live sport like soccer.”
She added that getting a proper funding for netball sports is the main challenge they are facing.
“Due to the lack of sponsors, we had nothing to hand over to the winners,” explained Ramatlho . “We hope to get sponsorship so that we can reward medals and trophies to the winners. It will also motivate players because there are so many ladies who are very passionate about netball in our community.”
She concluded that they also face a challenge to ferry players to and from the tournament venues as most of them cannot afford to pay for themselves.
On 6 October Ramatlho will also be hosting an unsponsored tournament at the same venue.