What a wonderfully successful and enjoyable year 2013 was for Riverside Sports with our sports men and women members achieving new found heights on the field of play which we trust will auger well for the year ahead.
Therefore congratulations must go to our Sports Sections and their brilliantly efficient and loyal administrators who week in and week out ‘Make it all happen at Riverside’
Our Varsity College Rugby section did extremely well with our under 20 division positioning themselves as the best in KZN followed by a great Senior section where the 1st team came in 3rd in the League and the seconds winning the converted KZNRU Peter Taylor knock out Trophy at the end of the season. We would also like to thank the VCRFC for the support that they gave Riverside Sports Staff in the hosting of the KZNRU Castle Murray Cup finals that took place here in 2013 which were a resounding success and again shows the commitment that out sports administrators put in to maximise the properties potential.
The Riverside Hockey Club also excelled itself with both its women’s and Men’s Premier sides winning their respective KZNHA super leagues and when you add the outstanding participation levels of all the their other teams and Masters division all augers well for the section in 2014.
The Riverside Hockey Club also won the inaugural ‘South African Elite Hockey Series’ that was held here at Riverside midyear and in this regard it was an enormous pleasure for the property to host the country’s other provincial champions in Western Province Cricket Club ( Cape Town) Wanderers ( Johannesburg) and Tukkies ( Pretoria ).
It is also interesting to note that after long and energetic negotiations, often with the facilitation of Riverside Sports, our Riverside Hockey Club and the newly formed Varsity College Hockey Club ( who have gained entry into the KZN Hockey Association Super League in 2014) agreed a joint home venue plan that will see both Clubs practicing and playing all their matches at Riverside Sports throughout 2014. This will increase the sports activity on the site and thus solidify our mission statement of bringing broader Sports and recreation to the Community that we serve
Add to this the wonderfully successful Riverside Hockey Club Junior section which is without doubt the largest of its kind in South Africa and you see the development of a brilliantly successful sporting code and one that the Main Club takes great pride in.
Before leaving the Hockey front we must also mention that Riverside Sports hosted the first Hockey International in the recent South Africa vs. Argentina Hockey Test series and what an amazing sight it was to see literally thousands of fans turn up to support the match. It was an evening to remember and what a pleasure it was to be given such huge praise by the South African team for the facilities and organisation that went into the event, where the Riverside Hockey Club and its brilliant band of administrators did a sterling job showing without doubt their love of the game.
On the Running front it is so pleasing to see the continued growth of the Riverside Harriers Club who seem to, just like all our sections, continue to develop the highest level of administrators who give of their time freely thus making the sections ‘tick’. The Harriers are a great bunch and have had excellent success in major races in 2013 but apart from these successes they show an enormous camaraderie in supporting one another’s runs all over KZN.
The Riverside Football Club lost their over 35 team and their ladies team in 2013 mainly due to a lack of numbers that were available but the section continued its wholehearted involvement in Riverside Sports and even with them having lost their stalwart Chairman Marc Collier after some 20 years at the helm we are confident that the new leadership will do a sterling job. The juniors section is also in a growth phase and so will help the continued growth of Soccer here.
So we look forward with anticipation to 2014…….. where at the outset we will begin the construction of our new Members Sports Complex adjacent to the Hockey Astroturf’s and Rugby Fields thus developing our new Sports bar and the new state of the art changing block which together encompass 69 linear meters of new facilities which will equate to about 710 square meters incorporating not only new changing facilities but also Storeroom facilities for each of the Sports sections, Referee facilities and new Medical rooms along with individual team kit lock ups which will enable us to rotate the changing rooms ad infinitum.
Whilst talking construction we must also mention the building of our new match soccer field along with its smaller practice field both adjacent to the Prospect Hall Road Boundary which takes over from the temporary smaller field that we developed a year or so ago and which was built from the bush area that has historically bordered the site.
Members will also be aware of the huge parking addition along the Bellingere /Prospect Hall boundary which along with the extensions to the Varsity College campus will enable our relationship with Varsity College as a key sub tenant to continue to grow. So by mid 2014 there will be a couple of hundred more parking bays at Riverside Sports all under the Clubs management and all available to both Varsity College students during the term days and for our members and their opponents and spectators in the evenings and on weekends.
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The Membership fee for 2014 remains the lowest in South Africa at R300.00 (incl.)[R280.00 in 2013] and we are pleased as a Main Club that we can continue to offer such amazing value for money especially bearing in mind the fact that we have such impressive facilities to offer to our sportsmen and women and while on the subject of women it is also pleasing to report that at least 40% of our membership is now female thus completely repositioning the club away from the old traditional and failing club template, to the community based modern model and so re impressing our philosophy of developing a sporting property that caters not only for the family but also for a more equitable ‘gender’ membership base.
Finally it’s important to continue to encourage members to use the facilities as often as possible as in this way we will enable to keep membership fees low and also strive to offer even better facilities and opportunities for them.
In this vein it is pleasing to report that through our Lessees the Community/ Family and Sports branding approximately 600,000 individuals traversed the property in one way or another in 2013, testament indeed to what we are trying to achieve, and as such it is important to recognise and pay tribute to the EThekwini Municipality with who we have a brilliantly close relationship as well as with the North Durban Community with whom we have such a special and symbiotic interaction.