A bit of good news in a follow up to some bad news about sponsorship money for the national youth weeks seemingly drying up, is that SARU document shows that all the unions have agreed to participate in the self-funded Under-18 Academy Week and Under-13 Craven Week.It was bound to be a tricky process because the youth teams are nowhere close to being selected and therefore it’s not known at this stage who can and cannot afford the costs. This meant that the unions had to take an objective view to financing. So far it all seems to be working out. Border has signed up for 2020. They were possibly amongst the concerns as they did not field a team for the Inter-provincial Sevens tournament last year due to budget restrictions.
U18 Craven Week 2020 & u16 Grant Khomo Week 2020 to be combined – 04 February 2020
The u18 Craven Week and u16 Grant Khomo Week will now be played at the same venue in Port Elizabeth during the 2nd week of the June/ July school holidays.
This will continue to be a fully funded SARU project.
The old formats will apply.
The quota requirement is 12 out of 23 players of colour per team.
“Foreign players, schooled in South Africa, can be selected for the Provincial Youth week’s teams but with the understanding that black foreign players are not calculated as players of colour. However, they will be considered for National selection when they qualify as SA Citizens.”
The u18 Academy Week, u13 Craven Week and the LENS Week will be combined and played at Jeppe Boys’ High during the 1st week of the June/July school holidays.
SARU are looking opportunities to have the event sponsored but as things stand the unions have been made to understand that it will be a self-funded event.
In this regard the cost has been set out at R3150.00 per player.
The unions will have to provide feedback on whether or not they will be sending teams to participate by 14 February 2020.
Although not stated, one has to assume the format might be adjusted after its determined how many teams are attending.
Several Country District teams were withdrawn from Academy Week previously and have indicated that they wish to continue as a self-funded week. It will be hosted as follows:
KwaZulu-Natal – 2021
Eastern Province – 2022.