Zando Cape Town 10s lives up to its REP!
(Cape Town, February 2018) Africa’s biggest and most popular rugby 10s and social sport & entertainment festival, the Zando Cape Town 10s, celebrated its 10th anniversary on 2 & 3 February at Hamilton Rugby Club in Green Point. Over 20 000 fans streamed through the gates over the two days to witness more than 350 teams participating in seven different sporting codes including rugby, netball, beach volleyball, soccer, hockey, dodgeball at Fittest in Cape Town.
Thousands of participants and spectators were treated to an action-packed weekend of sport and entertainment, whilst rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest rugby legends and celebs. These included the likes of Jean de Villiers, Danie Gerber, Chad le Clos, Siya Kolisi, Herschelle Gibbs, Siv Ngesi, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Francois Van Coke, Carl Wastie, Irma G, Zoe Brown and Sibongile Mafu and others.There was certainly no shortage of sporting action with a total of 697 matches completed across all sporting codes. The rugby lads ended the weekend scoring a total of 964 tries while the netball girls netted more than 4668 goals.
The popular Rugby Division boasted seven different divisions and at the end of the weekend it was the Stor-Age Invitational VIP Legends who walked away with the top honours in the Veteran’s Division, while Goodwood Legends were winners in the Masters Division. The Netball Division was hotly contested with the JAG Netball team stealing first place in the Premier Division.
Bringing beach vibes, beats and bikini bottoms to the event, Beach Volleyball didn’t disappoint, with the likes of Cindy Nell and Jade Hubner participating in the social league. The vibey “That’s What She Set!” were the Beach Volleyball champs, while on the Dodgeball court, it was the ‘Sitting Ducks’ who walked away with bragging rights as the winners of the Premier Dodgeball Division. The ‘Saints’ reigned proudly as the winners of the Social League.
The newly-introduced 5 a-side soccer and hockey was well supported with the JAG Hockey team being crowned winners of the Social Hockey League and the JAG Soccer team winning the first Soccer Premier League, while the ‘Shooting Blanks’ won the Social Soccer Division.
Some of SA’s biggest bands rocked the various music stages, including; GoodLuck, the Kiffness, Arno Jordaan, Majozi, Sketchy Bongo and the Light Years, who flew in from the UK, 10 years after making their Cape Town 10s debut in 2008. Zando10s celeb rugby team scrumhalf, Francois Van Coke, did a double whammy, both on and off the field, and gave one sensational performance on the final night of the event.
Other highlights of the weekend included the annual rugby development clinic which was hosted in partnership with Laureus SA and the Coolplay Trust, a project that uses sport as a tool to ignite positive change in communities across SA. 100 boys and girls from the Laureus-funded CoolPlay project spent the morning with some of their sporting heroes, including Laureus ambassadors Jean de Villiers, Corné Krige, Dan Nicholl and Zanele Mdodana, and gained valuable lessons on team culture and spirit at the same time.
The Event implemented a key strategic water saving policy. As early as last year, event organizers actioned a water saving plan that incorporated a Water Wednesday message to all the sports captains of the many teams to raise awareness around the drought. The event introduced a number of future-facing water initiatives including an Air to Water osmosis process which supplied over 3000 litres of drinking water over the weekend as well as a process that purified non-potable water to pure drinking water. Other water was sourced outside of the province for drinking and cooking. All showers, misters and splash pools were banned. Chemical sanitation was used and ablutions employed the use of blowers and waterless cleaning techniques and spectators co-operated whole heartedly by bringing in their own drinking water. The strategy included all suppliers, sponsors and vendors at 10s, which resulted in zero municipal water being used from the municipal grid at the festival. All remaining water left after the event was used by the sports clubs for irrigation of the playing fields.
The Stor-Age VIP Invitational Team proudly promoted Level 6B on their playing kit along with the #6BFORME campaign which was launched at Cape Town 10s, an impressive initiative that was created to assist powerful awareness and endorsement by the many Legends and Cape Town 10s celebrities who played a critical role in driving the ‘#6BFORME’ campaign.
There was strong collaboration with the City of Cape Town and together with significant partnerships, ensured that Zando Cape Town 10s paved the way for other important city events going forward and the magnitude and impact of using their high profile platforms to drive home the critical awareness around the city drought.
Be sure to head over the various Zando Cape Town 10s social media platforms and follow the event hashtag (#Zando10s) for an amazing selection of visuals from the entire weekend!
For more info visit the website: www.10s.co.za
• Twitter: @CapeTown10s @zando_co_za
• Instagram: @capetown10s / @zando.co.za
• Official event hashtag: #Zando10s #IAM10s