This day marked the official handover of new Office Complex and dressing room facilities at the Recreation Ground in Oudtshoorn, the home of the South Western Districts Cricket Board. The event was attended by Mr Alderman Jurie Harmse, Chairperson of the Strategic Services Portfolio Committee, who officially opened the complex together with Mr Rudy Claassen, President of the SWD Cricket Board, and Mr Maxwell Jordaan, Projects Chairman of The Sports Trust and Manager of Transformation of Cricket,South Africa.
The Sports Trust together with their Trustee, Cricket South Africa (CSA), have funded an amount of R 300,000 towards the completion of the 2nd phase (dressing room facilities) of the overall complex, and implemented this project on their behalf.
This project was started in April 2011 and the initial phase was funded by the NLDTF (National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund) to the amount of R 2.7 million. Phase 1 – the construction of a Club house, President Suite and Offices was completed in October 2012. Phase 2, the construction of dressing rooms – adjacent to the existing structure – started in May 2012 and was completed in October 2012.
“The construction of the new facilities is a symbol of growth in an exciting period in the history of SWD Cricket and contributes towards the objective of SWD Cricket to become a full affiliate of Cricket SouthAfrica. The new facility will allow SWD Cricket to host high profile cricket matches and enhance the total image of cricket in the region”, says Mr Rudy Claassen, President of SWD Cricket Board.
The South Western Districts Cricket Board actively strives towards a situation where resources for cricket are accessible to all persons, and playing the game is encouraged in all communities, in order to fulfill the CSA Transformation policy, and uplift the image of cricket in the province.
“The Sports Trust’s role is to bring about equitable change in the sphere of sports and recreation. The assistance to South Western Districts Cricket bears testimony to that focus. The modern cricket facility in a rural area levels the playing fields with all of the SWD cricket rivals. This facility is a symbol of quality, pride and dignity – reflective of the manner in which this cricket Board does its business. We wish them well in their on-field endeavours”, says Maxwell Jordaan, Projects Chairman for the Sports Trust and Transformation Manager at Cricket SA.