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Cape Town Sports
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Sport has proved to be a brilliant way of bringing together the people of South Africa and various steps to break down the established racial stereotypes of certain sports have been taken and seem to be working well. Most recently, the awarding of the 2010 FIFA World Cup to South Africa has created ripples of celebration and excitement throughout the whole population, especially following the disappointment of losing the 2006 bid to Germany. Football has a primarily black following and is largely seen as a sport that resists integration. It is hoped that 2010 will conquer these observations.

The majority of the top football teams are based in Johannesburg. The top local teams, Ajax Cape Town and Santos feature strongly in the national Castle Premiership league. Football’s governing body, based at Hartleyvale Stadium, Willow Road, Observatory (telephone: (021) 448 8652), is the Western Province Football Association (telephone: (021) 448 1649).

Other well liked sports in Cape Town include cricket, rugby and horse racing.

Cricket was given a great uplift after South Africa beneficially hosted the World Cup Cricket in 2003. With a strong English colonial history, Cape Town is 1 of the primary feeding grounds for the South African international cricket squad, the Proteas. The home of Western Province cricket is located at the Newlands Cricket Ground, 146 Campground Road, Newlands, where the governing body is situated.

Western Province Cricket Association
Address: 161 Campground Road
Telephone: (021) 657 2003
Facsimile: (021) 657 2020
Email address: info@wpca.co.za
Website address: www.wpca.cricket.org

Matches are played most weekends during the summer, with international tests between South Africa and its main rivals frequently on the agenda. Night cricket is also 1 of the most popular pastimes in Cape Town and a good reason to down beer and cheer at every ball that gets hit.

Cape Town is home to 1 of rugby’s most famous teams, the Stormers, who compete with New Zealand and Australian and rivals for the top of the Super 12 Log. Newlands Stadium, 11 Boundary Road, Newlands, is home to these local heroes in addition to the comprehensive SA Rugby Museum (telephone: (021) 659 6768, facsimile: (021) 686 2151), which is situated on the ground floor of the Sport Science Institute, guided tours of the stadium are also available. The home union is the Western Province Rugby Football Union (telephone: (021) 659 4600, facsimile: (021) 659 4601).

Horse racing is as much a social event in Cape Town as it is a sporting 1. The hugely popular yearly J&B Met is held at the Kenilworth Race Track, Rosmead Avenue.

Tickets to sporting events are accessible for purchase from Computicket (telephone: (083) 915 8000, email address: info@computicket.com).

Adventure Sports

The fantastic natural setting of the city means that adventurous sports enjoy a huge following. There are many operators who offer a range of adventure sports, from hiking to bungee jumping,   rock climbing to sky diving, mountain biking to abseiling, surfing to shark diving and canyoning (known locally as ‘kloofing’, which entails hiking into remote mountain ranges and then swimming and jumping down the gorges).

Daytrippers (telephone: (021) 511 4766, facsimile: (021) 511 4768, email address: info@daytrippers.co.za) offers hiking and kloofing tours, while Adventure Village Adventure Village (telephone: (021) 424 1580, facsimile: (021) 424 1590, email address: info@adventure-village.co.za) offers a full range of tours, expeditions, adventure and extreme sports options, including daily abseiling expeditions down the sheer faces of Table Mountain.

Fitness Centres

Virgin Active (telephone: (0860) 200 911) has the monopoly on the fitness centres around the Western Cape, each offering a selection of facilities, including swimming, gym, squash, tennis and other sports. The city centre club is situated on the Foreshore, 21 Lower Long Street (telephone: (021) 421 5857, facsimile: (021) 419 7319) and includes toning, a pool, squash, free weights, aerobics and cardio circuits, sauna and steam bath facilities. Other club locations include Claremont, corner of Main Road and Brooke Street (telephone: (021) 683 2402), Constantia, Main Road (telephone: (021) 794 5010), Durbanville Palmgrove Centre, corner of Main Road and Church Street (telephone: (021) 975 5210) and N1 City Value Centre, N1 Goodwood (telephone: (021) 595 3030). A 1 day guest fee is R 75.

Golf

There are numerous golf courses in and around Cape Town and several are open to the public. The Western Province Golf Union, Mowbray Golf Club, Raapenberg Road, Pinelands (telephone: (021) 686 1668, facsimile: (021) 686 1669, email address: wpga@global.co.za) can provide further information.

18 hole golf courses that are open to the public include the Rondebosch Golf Club, 3 Klipfontein Road (telephone: (021) 689 4176/7, facsimile: (021) 685 1447, email address: rgc@mweb.co.za), the Royal Cape Golf Club, 174 Ottery Road, Wynberg (telephone: (021) 761 6551, facsimile: (021) 797 5246, email address: bookings@royalcapegolf.co.za), and the Clovelly Country Club, Clovelly Road, Clovelly (telephone: (021) 782 1118, facsimile: (021) 782 6853, email address: clubhouse@clovelly.co.za).

Green fees vary from R 200 to R 500 for non members, depending on the club and season (high season is from 1 October to 30 April). Further afield, Spier Country Club, situated off the R44 toward Stellenbosch (telephone: (021) 809 1100, email address: info@spier.co.za), is an 18 hole course situated beneath the Helderberg Mountain range, with green fees of R 200 for non members.

Swimming


The Cape Town City Council’s call centre (telephone: (086) 010 3089) can provide information on Cape Town’s public swimming pools. Newlands Swimming Pool, Sans Souci Road, Newlands (telephone: (021) 674 4197), is the centre of competitive swimming, diving and water polo. The Long Street Baths, Long Street (telephone: (021) 400 3302), is an indoor, heated pool, adjacent to the Turkish Baths (telephone: (021) 423 9849). Entrance to the pools is R 10.

Several Virgin Active clubs provide brilliant swimming facilities. The Camps Bay Tidal Pool, Camps Bay beach (telephone: (021) 434 3341), provides alfresco bathing possibilities. The best beach swimming is in the False Bay, at Fish Hoek or the St James tidal pool, although swimmers are advised not to venture out too far as this is shark territory. Bathers should be cautious at all times and not swim at deserted locations.

Tennis

Although there are scores of recreational tennis clubs dotted around Cape Town, it is very difficult to access the courts unless accompanied by a member. Many of the golf clubs also provide tennis and lawn bowl facilities. Likewise, many of the Virgin Active clubs also provide tennis courts, as do numerous major hotels. Tennis Western Province, Lovers Walk, Rondebosch (telephone: (021) 686 3055, facsimile: (021) 685 5293) can provide further information.

Watersports

Cape Town is an tremendously popular destination for watersports enthusiasts. Zandvlei, in Muizenberg, is still quite popular with small craft yachting and windsurfing although it is largely considered a learning ground for beginners. Hardcore wave freaks choose to brave the breakers off Milnerton, Bloubergstrand, Long Beach and Cape Point or the Dungeons off Hout Bay. Although conditions can be brilliant, False Bay is considered somewhat dangerous, as this is the favourite spot for other watersports enthusiasts, specifically Great White Sharks.

Downhill Adventures, Shop 10 Overbeek Building, corner of Kloof, Long and Orange Streets (telephone: (021) 422 0388, facsimile: (021) 423 0127) offers day and multi day surfing courses with instruction and equipment provided, including lunch and transport.

Table Bay Diving, Shop 7, Quay 5, V&A Waterfront (telephone: (021) 419 8822, email address: info@tablebaydiving.com) organises diving charters (including wreck, deep, reef, night and shark cage diving) as well as diving courses. Equipment is available to purchase or hire.

Ocean yachting largely takes place in the Table Bay and False Bay, with regattas held every Wednesday in summer, with the start point at the Royal Cape Yacht Club, Duncan Road, Table Bay (telephone: (021) 421 1354, facsimile: (021) 421 6028, email address: info@rcyc.co.za). The Wind Report (telephone: (082) 234 6300) provides frequent updates on the wind situation, while the Surf Report (telephone: (021) 788 1350) keeps surfers up to date on wave conditions around the peninsula. Surfing information and tips are also available online.