The SPAR Madibaz team are ready to showcase their talents when the Varsity Netball tournament kicks off with a double-header in Port Elizabeth next weekend.
Nelson Mandela University will be one of the hosts of a bumper weekend as the tournament launches with four matches on August 26 and 27 at the Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre on the south campus.
The other teams in action will be Stellenbosch, University of Western Cape and Vaal University of Technology.
Madibaz Sport Netball manager Melinda Goosen said they were looking forward to this opportunity to demonstrate their ability as a team, as well as what the university had to offer.
The matches on the Sunday (August 26) will be televised live.
“It is always great to bring netball closer to our fans and this is a perfect opportunity to showcase our players and their talents to our immediate community,” she said.
“With television viewership having grown for Varsity Netball, it’s a golden opportunity to show what have to offer as a university.”
She felt the tournament was the perfect platform for any young player to demonstrate their potential.
“The world is taking note of South African netball and many Protea players have come through Varsity Netball,” said Goosen.
“We have our very own Zanele Vimbela, who played for Madibaz and is now competing in the English premier league.”
Playing a key role behind the development of Madibaz netball are team sponsors SPAR Eastern Cape, to whom Goosen paid tribute for their support.
“SPAR have been involved with Madibaz netball for many years now and we are privileged to be associated with such a dynamic brand,” she said.
“The significance of having sponsors such as SPAR does not only apply to netball on the court, but also in preparing them for many different skills.
“Having the financial support makes it possible for us to provide opportunities for our players to venture into different areas such as coaching, umpiring or qualifying as technical officials.”