he FA Community Shield is an annual soccer match contested between the champions of the English Premier League and the holders of the FA Cup. All proceeds from the game are distributed to charities, which are selected by each of the clubs who competed in the FA Cup.
This year, Betway
hoped to utilise bets placed on the FA Community Shield fixture as a vehicle for change in South Africa. In order to do this, the betting provider pledged to donate R1 from each bet placed on the fixture to a worthy charity. With almost 25,000 bets placed, Betway selected to round the figure up and donated R25,000 in playing equipment to the WBSA.
The WBSA is the official governing body for wheelchair basketball in South Africa. The association funds leagues and competitions with help from donors and provincial governments. According to the association’s CEO, Charles Saunders, the R25,000 donation from Betway comes at an ideal time just as the they are preparing for the upcoming season, which kicks off later this month.
“This donation from Betway will definitely go a long way in assisting us with our technical excellence programme for our officials. We have a number of programmes that we run throughout the year and this will assist with our officials training and equipment” said BWSA CEO, Charles Saunders.
Speaking from the Mandeville Sport Complex in Johannesburg where the Association is situated, Betway South Africa’s Marketing Manager, David Rachidi said the donation was just another way of lending a helping hand to the growth of different sporting codes in South Africa.
“There are so many organisations that do a lot of work within sport that goes unnoticed. Associations such as WBSA are faced with a lot of challenges in administering and continuously developing the sport of wheelchair basketball,” said Rachidi. “As a brand that has community development at heart, we felt that it was important to lend a helping hand and play our part like we have been doing with other organisations. We believe such contributions go a long way in the overall development of sport.”
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