Aussies onside for grassroots support

Australia is to renew its support for grassroots sports development in South Africa, says the Australian high commission.

Australia is to renew its support for grassroots sports development in South Africa, says the Australian high commission.

The SA Sport and Recreation Department and the Australian Sports Commission will "renew" their "memorandum of understanding" today to continue the fruitful partnership between the two organisations.

"Australians and South Africans share a strong passion for sport, as demonstrated by the competitive rugby and cricket ties between our countries.

"Australia's senior men's soccer team, the Socceroos, are in a strong position to qualify for next year's Fifa World Cup in South Africa," the high commission said yesterday.

Australia and South Africa have worked closely together on grassroots sports and community development, particularly in the Eastern Cape.

In 2008, one standout example of this collaboration was the Active Community Club initiative. Currently being run in five communities in East London in the Eastern Cape, the initiative promoted community and youth development through sport.

Australian high commissioner to South Africa Ann Harrap said: "It is important that our countries provide valuable opportunities for the ongoing learning of volunteers and technical staff and the development of communities through sport, as well as of athletes and coaches." - Sapa

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