KwaZulu Natal Department of Sports and Recreation MEC Hlengiwe Mavimbela has welcomed the new initiative of Beach Soccer in the province.
Speaking to FARPost after a successful launch on Friday at Gateway Hotel, Mavimbela emphasized the importance of utilizing the natural resources in the province in order to emancipate sports people.
“As the province of KwaZulu Natal, we are always the ones leading in terms of different Sporting codes, we’ve represented the country worldwide in terms of sport,” she stated.
“We believe even in this one (Pro Beach Soccer), we’ll continue flying the flag high. We welcome this sport and we hope it will be a huge success.
“Now that we are formalizing this Pro Beach Soccer, it will also assist in creating job opportunities for our people, it’s also another opportunity for a healthy living lifestyle so that we may not be easily infected by diseases.
“This is a great opportunity for us to use the sport to change people’s lives, especially since we’ve been attacked by Covid-19 and couldn’t get our sports people active,” continued Mavimbela.
“We have very few provinces in the country where this sport can be played, therefore we need to utilize it to represent our country even in other countries.”
The MEC specifically explained that for now there will be no supporters of teams in the beaches but they intend on building stadia in the near future.
“For now there will be no spectators, because of Covid-19 regulations, but we are planning to come up with ways to build infrastructure for people to watch the sport in our beaches.
“We are also calling for the private sector to support this initiative so that we can be proud of our achievements as a collective,” added Mavimbela.
By Wonga Sirayi
FARPost’s KZN Reporter