26 November 2021
The Sports Partnership Summit will convene key stakeholders from South Africa’s sports development arena and in particular Government Sports Departments, Municipalities, Sports Federations, Social Sports Agencies, Sports Academies, Sports Schools etc.; to engage each other on building sustainable partnership strategies.
The aim of the Summit is to give life to the core focus of the National Sports & Recreation Plan (NSRP) and to promote community sport and recreation, through the “nucleus of 3 core pillars of implementation i.e. an active nation, winning-nation and enabling environment.“
Accordingly, it was envisaged that the “NSRP will be monitored annually to identify any hindrances, which may negatively impact on effective implementation and that it will be reviewed in 2020.”
The intention of the Summit is to firstly, deliver a clear objective on the role of each stakeholder in holding up this “nucleus of three core pillars” and to build on the country’s ideals of social cohesion as well as the notion of “sport for all” through accessible sport and recreation activities.
Custodians of community sport and recreation are challenged with the demand of delivering effective interventions and managing it in a highly sustainable manner, in support of its key partners.
The Summit will adopt a “Sports First Charter”, wherein administrators will pledge to manage sport in line with international best practice to achieve overall sustainability and transparency for all its stakeholders.
The role of government, on all three tiers, is a vital component in achieving the “Strategic Objectives” of the NSRP, and it has to clearly engage all other stakeholders on their “Role and Responsibilities” in delivering the aims and objectives, through solid partnerships.
Government’s responsibility is to provide sports facilities, to support the transformation and development plans of its civil partners. It becomes a critical demand, to deliver on its mandate as stipulated within the institutional framework of the NRSP, and it has to unpack its strategy around total management of sports facilities.
Despite standing arrangements it has become clear that many stakeholders are not sharing the same views, when it comes to raising this issue and hopefully some clarity could be generated from debating it at the Summit.
The role of non-profit sports development agencies will also be high on the agenda, and specifically their contribution in supporting the aims and objectives of the NSRP, as well as that of both government and sports federations respectively.
Sport as a tool for change, is considered to be the real DNA of these agencies, and their purpose is some times not fully and contextually understood by others, hence the Summit debate their roles and responsibilities under the NSRP.
It is hoped that the Summit as a whole, will give all stakeholders an opportunity to interact with their “partners” and find common ground for grassroots sports development, which should be the real beneficiary of such a win-win partnership.
For further details contact: – Gerrit Davids
(MD): Gerom Media, Sports & Entertainment (Pty) Ltd
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