30/4/14 Breaking ground in Franschhoek Valley
To celebrate the start of construction of the new Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre, over eighty guests witnessed the first ground being dug by Hope through Action Patron Philip Green and Mayor Conrad Sidego of Stellenbosch Municipality.
Hope Through Action Ambassadors Reuben Riffel and Ryk Neethling lent a helping hand, joined by local children and young learners from the Kusasa Project who will all benefit from the centre.
Local community leaders, Stefan Howells from SCORE, our project manager Fred Laker of Lyners Consulting, Graham Power of Power Construction, and Doug Gurr from the Kusasa Project also celebrated the start of construction with their first dig.
14/4/14 Construction starts on the Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre
We are extremely pleased to announce that construction started today on the new Franschhoek Valley Community Sports Centre in Groendal, Western Cape. The centre is expected to open in early 2015 and will provide a state-of-the-art multi-purpose indoor pitch, training and meeting rooms, a resource centre, showers and kitchen facilities. In addition we are constructing a four-classroom school which will be operated by The Kusasa Project.
This will be our 2nd community sports centre. The Mbekweni Sports Centre, opened in 2010, provides sports activities, life skills programmes and guidance to over 1,700 young people per month. Across the two facilities, we will have invested almost R50-million.
Philip Green, founder of HTA commented, “We are very excited to be able to make this announcement today. Our sports centre in Mbekweni has been a great success and has made a significant impact in the community since opening in 2010. We have strong local partners, particularly SCORE, who are responsible for delivering the programmes in Mbekweni, and we are delighted that that relationship will continue in Franschhoek. It has taken four years of effort to develop the plans and raise the necessary funds but we are delighted that the same construction team of Fred Laker, from Lyners Consulting, and Power Construction will be working with us in Franschhoek. We still require some funding to complete the project and I would hope that the local community in Franschhoek would help us to raise the financial support necessary”.
Phil Bland, Chairman of HTA said, “We are committed to working with local partners and recognise the commitment and contribution made by Stellenbosch Municipality and, in particular, Mayor Sidego and Councillor Smit. We are very excited to be working with the local community and playing a part in helping the young people of the area achieve their potential. Our ambassadors, Reuben Riffel, Ryk Neethling and Gary Kirsten have all been involved in getting the project to this point and I look forward to working with them in the future”.
HTA is grateful to many people who share their vision and who have made this initiative possible, in particular Western Cape Premier Helen Zille for her invaluable support.
Premier Zille added, “I am delighted that Hope Through Action is continuing to invest in the lives of our young people. I have been aware of their projects since 2009 and am impressed by their vision and work of creating opportunities through sport to help young people nurture their talents, develop crucial life skills and improve their lives. I look forward to visiting Franschhoek and seeing this new centre for myself which can make a great impact in the benefiting community”.