Lotto funds 2010 legacy fields

7 April 2009

South Africa’s National Lottery has donated R81-million to a 2010 legacy programme that will build 27 Fifa one-star standard synthetic surface soccer fields in rural and township areas around the country over the next three years.

Synthetic surfaces reduce the cost of upkeep, while it is proposed that each facility will include a clubhouse and office for the local football community.

“One of the worst legacy of sport under apartheid is the dearth of football facilities in disadvantaged areas and the complete lack of recognition and support by the apartheid government of the sport,” 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) chief executive officer Danny Jordaan said in a statement this week.

“This is why, when we bid to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, we did so on the basis that it leaves a lasting legacy for football in South Africa.

“We need to strengthen grassroots development by providing quality football fields to accelerate the generation of world-class players at the level of the regions of [the South African Football Association].”

First nine facilities

The LOC and Safa have identified the first nine sites to host such facilities for the current year, with one site in each province.

National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund spokesman Sershan Naidoo said the fund focused “on areas of greatest need and greatest potential, so that all South Africans can gain from, and contribute to, South Africa’s development.”

The fund, which relies on money generated by the National Lottery, currently has in the region of R2-billion a year to distribute to registered non-profit organisations in the fields of charities, arts, culture and national heritage and sport and recreation.

SAinfo reporter

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