Get Ahead Sport Programme Receives Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal Thumbs Up

APRIL 1, 2015

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipal Council approved a decision to enter into a three-year partnership agreement with the Get Ahead Sport Programme (Gasp) following a successful inaugural  event in October last year at the 2nd Avenue Campus of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

Gasp creates opportunities for young athletes to engage with seasoned coaching personalities, development of skills, provides a chance for sport federations to get involved on a grassroots level and to build the capacity of Educators involved in school sports.

Seventy Grade 5 learners accompanied by a teacher from seven primary schools each (Ben Sinuka, Charles Duna, Jarvis Gqamlana, Kama, Lamani, Molefe and Pendla) took part in this unique event that took place from 9 to 11 October 2014.

The partnership was approved by the municipality after observing the positive impact of the programme on the participating learners. A service level agreement will be entered into by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and Gasp.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Director for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Noxolo Nqwazi will now explore possible partnerships with Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA), Motherwell Urban Renewal Programme (MURP), Helenvale Urban Renewal Programme (HURP) and the private sector for this programme.

Regular reports must also be submitted to the Standing Committee for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

Prizes for the learners for last year’s event was sponsored by Dunlop Sports and Sportwize and included a certificate designed by Big Sky, sports equipment, sport attire and nutritious food products. 

Image: Oppidan Press.