The Sainte Dévote Rugby Sevens Tournament - an Opportunity of a Lifetime
When it comes to sport in South Africa there is no shortage of talent. Fortunately, athletes are also receiving increasing levels of support from corporate sponsors like Cell C and business people like Gavin Varejes – CEO of Richmark Holdings and President of the South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA). Recently SARLA started collaborating with Cell C, the Monaco Rugby Federation and the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation on a new and exciting initiative. The aim of their collaboration is to give underprivileged youth from disadvantaged areas in the Western Cape Province an opportunity to experience and participate in an International Rugby Sevens Tournament. Thanks to this initiative, youngsters will be able to take part in the 3rd Sainte Dévote Tournament held in Monaco in March 2017. The Sainte Dévote Tournament is an international Sevens challenge for children and youth that promotes solidarity, generosity, mutual respect and fair play. This is the third time South Africa is taking part in this special event. The tournament and surrounding events demonstrate how effective and uplifting sporting initiatives of this sort can be for young members of the community. Besides exploring a new and exhilarating destination, the young athletes have an opportunity to experience cultural exchanges, broaden their horizons and develop teamwork skills while achieving phenomenal personal growth, and, of course, having fun.
Gavin Varejes – Promoting SA Rugby
President of SARLA, Gavin Varejes is a businessman who is deeply devoted to South African sports development. He firmly believes that sport not only has physical value but also offers a wide range of other benefits to players. His experience has taught him that participation in team sports helps young players learn important life lessons and develop essential values like determination, fellowship and sportsmanship. A tournament like this has the power to inspire participants to improve their achievements, not only on the field, but also in their personal and future professional lives. Varejes has expressed sincere gratitude to Cell C for their continuous support without which this initiative would not be possible. Stefan Terblanche, CEO of SARLA says he is looking forward to the tournament and is excited about making the dreams of 12 young rugby-fanatics come true.
South African Rugby Legends Association
SARLA is an association that works with local underprivileged children and youths to develop the game of rugby at grassroots level while representing professional rugby players who have reached their retirement. These former players are known as the ‘Legends’ and remain active in the field by hosting and facilitating tours, functions and events and by going to poverty stricken areas and providing sports coaching clinics. SARLA also runs a rugby development initiative known as ‘Vuka’. For several years Vuka has been assisting thousands of youngsters from 65 schools in the Western Cape area to become valuable members of their society. The initiative helps these youngsters to develop themselves through sport activities. By rolling out these programmes, which are endorsed by the South African Rugby Union, SARLA is creating an all year round sustainable initiative to benefit the local communities while celebrating the South African rugby tradition.