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23 May 2022

Phokeng/ Rustenburg – Royal Bafokeng Sports and Impala Rustenburg are proud to announce their partnership in supporting the Metshameko Programme.

They will collaborate for a one-year period to help develop sport skills and instil a love for sport in primary and high school learners. The initiative is not limited to schools surrounding their operations.
A ceremony to officiate the partnership was held on Saturday 14 May 2022. The Metshameko Programme is a sustainable implementation plan for sports. The programme is already in its sixth year of operation. 


The programme is expected to impact more than 1,950 children involved in football and netball in the u/13 and u/17 divisions. 


Eugene Thipe, head of Royal Bafokeng Sports, said: “We are delighted to partner with Impala in supporting the Metshameko Programme. These kinds of partnerships and this spirit of working together ensure that our children realise their full potential.”


Mark Munroe, chief executive of Impala Rustenburg, about their vision for the programme: “Investment in sport is deeply entrenched at Impala. Within our internal family of staff, we have been supporting teams and individuals for more than 15 years. At the same time, we support 33 primary and secondary schools in the communities adjacent to our operations through various projects.

We are grateful to the Metshameko Programme for this opportunity to partner with Royal Bafokeng and to marry our belief in the power of sport with our long-established initiatives aimed at developing the youth in our local communities. Organised, well-structured youth sports programmes provide children with valuable life lessons that go above and beyond the physical health benefits.”


“These include boosting self-esteem, building leadership qualities, and teaching children how to work as a team. Sport can be a gamechanger in a young person’s life and investing in the youth can change the future of our country.”


A total of 42 primary schools and 23 secondary schools will be participating in the season-long programme, which was officially launched on 14 May 2022 with the start of the league matches. 


School holiday camps and tournaments will be held in the June and September holidays, and in July a Metshamelo squad will compete in the Netball South Africa Junior National Championships. This jam-packed sporting year will conclude with a Championship Festival and the League Finals in October 2022. 


In addition to the 1,950 children who will be impacted by the programme, it is expected that more than 140 teacher coaches, 30 volunteer coaches and 45 umpires will benefit from the  programme.

The Metshameko Programme will benefit learners playing football and netball in the u/13 and u/17 divisions. 

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