By Arin Barry
This article is exclusive to the online Edition 2 (Wrap Edition) of VARSITY Newspaper.
UCT offers over 40 different sports on a competitive and recreational level, and this presents a wonderful opportunity to carry on with a beloved sport or to try something completely new. However, the cost of joining these sports clubs is discouraging many students from signing up.
“The cost of joining these sports clubs is discouraging many students from signing up”
According to Frans Mamabolo, a Sports Coordinator at UCT, the sports clubs themselves are responsible for deciding the signup fee. These fees cover affiliation costs, coaching fees, buying and maintaining equipment, transportation, etc. Everything the club needs to operate is covered by the yearly sign-up fee. Club fee increases are decided by the club committee and its relevant sports coordinator, although the fees only increase if there was a shortage in the previous year.
Maintenance is very important to the sports clubs as they cannot function without appropriate facilities or equipment. According to the UCT website, UCT’s sport facilities include an AstroTurf hockey field, an indoor sports complex and excellent tennis, squash, soccer, rugby and cricket facilities. Our rowing club is one of the best equipped university clubs in the country. In addition, UCT has access to a mountain near Ceres, an L26 keelboat and many sailing dinghies, an ocean-going dive boat and a water-ski boat.
All these things add up, which is why the yearly sign-up fee is vital to the continued existence of UCT’s sports clubs.