Cape Town’s 50hr Sports Challenge

Cape Town plays host to a unique sports challenge this weekend to help raise awareness among youth about the importance of sport.

This follows the Health of the Nation testing by Sporting Chance which concluded that South Africa shows relatively high levels of overweight and obesity, similar to the international patterns in developed countries of a decade ago.

Over 70 schools and 10 500 children from various cultural and historical backgrounds around South Africa were tested, with results analysed by the UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science at The Sport Science Institute of South Africa, and published in the South African Medical Journal in May 2006.

With this in mind, and to follow on from the Health of the Nation research project, Sporting Chance presents the Health Of The Nation: 50 Hour Sports Challenge, proudly sponsored by Oxygen Medical Scheme by Old Mutual, in association with Woolworths.

This event will involve non-stop sport for a total of 50 hours. Up to twelve different sport codes will be played simultaneously, with the aim to keep the ball alive; i.e.: The ball will never come to a stand-still.

The sporting codes will include the following: cricket, soccer, table tennis, squash, badminton, touch-rugby, hockey and tennis.

The event will include around 3000 participants from all cultures, and will specifically include children from the emerging communities as they embrace the opportunity to be a part of a positive sporting environment.

The primary objectives are to show children the value of sport and physical activity in building a positive future, build a better understanding between different communities and cultures, and provide everyone with an equal opportunity whilst participating in physical activity in a non-elitist, fun environment.

The official bodies from the City of Cape Town who will be represented at the event include: – the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Department of Health and the Department of Community Safety.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation has also given the event its full support and will use the event as the local highlight for World Heart day on Sunday 24th September.

It’s happening at the Western Province Cricket Club, starting Friday 22 September, and ending on Sunday.

The professional presentation of the event will allow Sporting Chance to focus on promoting and marketing specific sports codes, as well as identifying and nurturing raw and natural talent.

The event is free and open to the public, children from 6 years old are welcome to participate. All participants will receive a goodie bag and t-shirt.

Presentations on nutrition and health will be held for parents present at the event. Come on Cape Town, join us and be part of the Health Of The Nation!

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