The countdown to the start of the 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby competition has begun and in anticipation of the much-hyped new season, the Blue Bulls Company today announced a three-year partnership with the Polokwane Municipality. The partnership is aimed at generating funds for learners to pursue tertiary education.
Last week thousands of matriculants tried desperately to enrol at tertiary institutions across the country, but sadly many were left disappointed at news that universities were full to capacity while others merely couldn’t afford the fees required to pursue post school studies. The Blue Bulls Company (Pty) Ltd and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union deeply rooted in their community and their desire to extend into the more disadvantaged parts of the country formed a new and exciting partnership with the Polokwane Municipality.
The Vodacom Bulls will play two warm-up games next month starting with the Kings on February 4th in Port Elizabeth followed by a tantalising clash against the Toyota Cheetahs at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on February 11th before kicking off their Super Rugby campaign on February 24th when they host the Sharks at Loftus Versfeld.
The warm-up game against the Toyota Cheetahs at the globally popular 2010 FIFA World Cup venue, the Peter Mokaba Stadium, with a capacity of almost 45 000 serves as a charity drive to generate bursary funds for Polokwane learners wanting to study at tertiary institutions.
Polokwane is fast becoming recognised as the sporting hub of South African sport, boasting world class facilities and a sports-crazy community. Prior to the successful hosting of 2010 FIFA World Cup games, Polokwane made national and international headlines with its unforgettable hosting of its first ever rugby union match on 30 January 2010 when the Bulls played the Lions in a Super Rugby warm-up match. It was evident that the Polokwane Municipality encompassed all the ingredients required to make any event they host a resounding success.
Louis Nel, President of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union and Chairman of the Blue Bulls Company Board elaborates on the partnership;
“I think that the success of the Vodacom Bulls in the Vodacom Super Rugby competition as well as the popularity of our players and franchise will boost the Polokwane Municipality and inspire the youngsters to follow their dreams. We are proud to work in conjunction with Polokwane on an initiative that is dear to our hearts and we are confident that we will make a significant impact on the lives of our future leaders.”
The Vodacom Bulls and Toyota Cheetahs are expected to field their strongest teams on February 11th at the Peter Mokaba Stadium as both sets of players fine-tune their performances for what promises to be yet another exciting and gruelling season. This warm-up match is a win-win event for all parties concerned – not only will the Bulls and Cheetahs gear up for the start of their Super Rugby campaigns, but through this encounter, funds will be generated to pave the way for further education for Polokwane learners and the Blue Bulls Rugby Union amateur club in Limpopo will also benefit significantly from this initiative.
Last year, the Vodacom Bulls played their warm-up fixture against the Lions at a packed Peter Mokaba Stadium that had for a few hours’ overwhelmed, excited and consumed fans to such an extent that the Polokwane venue had all the makings of a high-profile match at world renowned venues such as Twickenham, Cardiff or Eden Park.
Cllr. Freddy Greaver, Executive Mayor of Polokwane, said the Vodacom Bulls had set a trend of high standards and expectation last year which has resulted in a demand for more by the rugby public in his Municipality.
“The Vodacom Bulls have started a culture here in Polokwane which continues to grow. The players are loved and admired by our rugby-starved residents and after having experienced such a memorable game last year, they want more. I have no doubt this warm-up game will be a success and I’m grateful to the Blue Bulls Company for paving the way to a bright future for our young learners, most of whom are unable to afford tertiary education. I’m confident that this initiative will change the lives of many of our matriculants and result in success stories in the years to come.”
Tickets range from R120 in the grand stand to R80 for behind the poles and are available at both the stadium as well as Computicket. Various hospitality opportunities are also available in the impressive Skyboxes / Suites.
The Blue Bulls players have also committed themselves to a Golf Day in conjunction with the Polokwane Municipality later this year to raise additional bursary funds for learners.
Tickets will be sold both at Computicket as well as the stadium.
Computicket: Grand Stand: R120.00; Open Stand Tickets: R100.00; Behind poles: R80.00
Parking tickets will be on sale at Computicket for R20.00
The packages will be sold from the stadium for both West and East. The cost of R10 000 ex vat includes:
· 22 Skybox tickets
· 10 parking tickets (VIP Parking)
· Provision of Skybox and Furniture
· Branding inside the Skybox only
· Client to provide refreshments and food
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