SASCOC President Gideon Sam on Saturday urged National Federations to unite and push the transformation agenda forward.
Sam was talking at the SASCOC Presidents Council meeting at Olympic House, in Johannesburg, which took place on Friday and Saturday.
SASCOCs board members, nine Provincial Confederations and 53 National Federations assembled to deliberate as leaders of sport on various issues of concern, celebrate milestones and discuss future plans to enhance South African sport at all levels.
Sam encouraged the presidents of all the federations to make such meetings a platform to take stock of the achievements and areas that need to be improved in sport.
Over the recent period, we have taken a lot of decisions in the Presidents Council and implemented some of them successfully but others have not been achieved.”
Sam congratulated the NFs with athletes who are performing well in various international events around the globe but encouraged NFs to continue with the hard work they are doing to take South African sport to a higher level.
In addition, he urged NFs to move away from going the route of fighting and disciplinary hearings but rather invest that time in the development of sport.
Major discussions included the Transformation Charter, school sport, funding, relationships with Local Government, high performance and broadcasting opportunities.
SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy informed the meeting on the many milestones that have been achieved in the area of High Performance with most athletes excelling in their various events.
Says Reddy: We have produced elite athletes globally who are respected role models. In addition we renewed OPEX and plans for these athletes were put in place. We however, would like to revisit the OPEX concept so that we also take into consideration and assist athletes with high potential.
Reddy indicated that the SA Coaching Framework was in place and the Talent identification system was implemented in many NFs.
However, he sited some challenges which included: Academies system that are not restructured in some provinces, lack of adequate funding, school sport structures, transformation process with representation of women and people with disability and succession planning almost non existent and membership not following due process on disputes.
The meeting also touched on the need to drive the transformation agenda successfully. It was highlighted that the Transformation Scorecard is critical in assisting members to set their targets and indicated that transformation and development of sport should be visible in all provinces and districts as demarcated in the Transformation Charter.
Sports and Recreation South Africa gave a clear indication of governments involvement in the School Sports plan and how it is being rolled out. It was emphasised that there is the need for all School Sport Codes to have Associate Membership to NFs in order to be recognised.
Sam again expressed the need for SASCOC as a sports movement to be guided by SRSA.
We continue to talk about some issues in sport but it is high time we act we should get sports facilities in the various towns.
Our core business is to ensure that sport is represented on the ground. NFs representatives should go to all their districts and find out if there is sport development and if not, then we can take the issues forward, Sam reiterated.
It was agreed that the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) will collaborate and work closely with SASCOC to ensure that municipalities provide adequate facilities to enhance sport development in various districts.
Sam encouraged the NFs leaders to grab the opportunity and take heed of the input provided by the guest speakers in such meetings in order to improve the processes in their NFs.
The Presidents Council also resolved that there is a need to review the current structures, with particular reference to the Provincial Sports Confederations, which are under-resourced and not recognised by some of the provinces.
In addition, it was noted that there is a need to look at the capacity of our National Federations and Provincial Sports Confederations and the not inconsiderable demands made on them.
Reddy believes the Presidents Council assembly raised important points, which will benefit South African sport at all levels.
“The Presidents Council meeting was a fruitful one as it availed Presidents and leaders of federations under one roof, a platform to discuss pertinent issues to develop sport in South Africa.
“As a sports movement, we need to fulfill our role in enhancing sport through transformation and stakeholder engagement. I hope that improvements in various aspects in sport will follow this weekend’s proceedings,” concluded Reddy.