UTi, one of the world’s leading supply chain and logistics management companies, has today been unveiled as a major sponsor of the rapidly growing Cape Town Tens rugby event. UTi’s partnership with Tens covers a number of VIP and rugby elements – including brand ownership of the event VIP hospitality area, as well as naming rights to the prestigious veterans division.
As part of the sponsorship, UTi has also become the official logistics partner of the event and will provide free delivery of playing kit to participating teams, who have purchased apparel through BLK – the official apparel provider to Cape Town Tens.
Vice President of Sales and Marketing at UTi, Paul Marshall commented, “Tens is a growing South African rugby brand that shares many common values with our organization, including passion, team work and camaraderie, all in a high quality event environment. UTi also shares Tens’ innovative approach and ambition. We are extremely excited to be involved in helping deliver an event that marks the opening of the Southern Hemisphere rugby season.”
Launched in 2009, by rugby legends, Bob Skinstad and Robbie Fleck, the Cape Town Tens is now the biggest ten-a-side tournament in world rugby. The Cape Town Tens is a unique sports lifestyle event that provides a winning formula of rugby, sunshine, banter, beer and live entertainment to more than 2,000 players and 12,000 spectators over two days.
Bob Skinstad added, “We are delighted to welcome such a prestigious global company to the Tens family of partners. The Cape Town Tens is now the biggest social event in SA rugby and more and more brands are keen to get involved. As professional rugby has become more serious, Tens has filled a gap by focusing on the fun and social aspects of our great sport. This is the first of a number of sponsorship announcements that will be made in the coming weeks and months.”
Now in its sixth year, Cape Town Tens will take place at Hamilton’s Rugby Club, on Friday 7 February and Saturday 8 February 2014 with more than 90 teams set to take part. The event will also feature live entertainment, rugby development clinics, Springbok and international legends and South Africa’s biggest beer tent. The Cape Town Tens was recently short-listed as a finalist in the Best Live Experience category of the upcoming Discovery Sports Industry Awards.
• UTi is an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company providing air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics, truckload brokerage and other supply chain management services.
• The company serves a large and diverse base of global and local companies, including clients operating in industries with unique supply chain requirements such as the pharmaceutical, retail, apparel, chemical, automotive and technology industries.
• UTi utilises its global network, proprietary information technology systems, relationships with transportation providers, and expertise in outsourced logistics services to deliver competitive advantage to each of its clients’ supply chains.
• For further information please go to UTi’s website or call Paul Marshall on (011) 456 7416.
Cape Town Tens rugby festival, which takes place on the 7th and 8th of February 2014 at Hamilton’s Rugby Club, has announced the addition of a netball tournament to the festival and the opening of entries to netball teams across South Africa.
The event is the largest social 10-a-side rugby tournament in the world, attracting1600 rugby players and over 12 000 spectators in 2013. In its sixth year running Cape Town Tens has cemented itself as the social sporting event of the year amongst rugby fans, and soon for netball fans and supporters as well.
Currently the biggest participation sport for women in SA, the introduction of netball will allow for a larger demographic of individuals to partake in the Tens event, and bring a whole new element to the tournament.
“Social netball is very active in the country and continues to grow”, says Bob Skinstad, co-founder of Cape Town Tens. “If we look at the growth of Cape Town Tens, the profile of spectators and the people who attend, netball as an official Cape Town Tens sport fits the mould perfectly and we are really excited to be opening up the event to a broader range of sport and welcome the touring social netball teams to the event”.
The tournament will consist of 40 netball teams spread over four divisions – one Premier Division, one Veteran Division and two Social Divisions and will follow Tens’ format with 10 players and 7 minutes aside.
The winning recipe over the last few years; key ingredients being rugby, sunshine, beer, music, Cape Town and great people, will be kept. The only difference being that in 2014 we will have 500 netball players in custom-designed netball dresses join in on the Tens festivities.
Cost of entry for netball teams of 10 will be R5000 which includes weekend festival passes, event entry, medic and massage service, goodie bags, meal & beverage vouchers, awards and custom designed netball team dresses.
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Team entries to the World’s largest Tens tournament, the Cape Town Tens, are as scarce as hens’ teeth!
The social rugby tournament, which has just been nominated in the Sports Industry awards for “Best Live Experience” will be taking place on the 7, 8th of February 2014 at Hamilton’s Rugby Club in Green Point, and has a confirmed 70 of the available 80 social team slots done and dusted.
Please note team spots are SOLD OUT for the following divisions:
- The Light Beer 1 and Light Beer 2 divisions
- Mainly Here for Beer division
There are still some spots left in the following divisions:
- 2 spots in the Vets division
- 8 spots in the Heavy Beer division.
Think your team has got what it takes? Enter your squad of 20 HERE for an experience of a lifetime! Entries are selling fast and will be granted on a first come first serve basis so don’t miss out!
If you want to get on the waiting list, then get your team registered and in the queue.
GLOBAL sporting brand BLK has announced a three-year official kit deal with Cape Town TENS Rugby, one of the fastest growing and most exciting social rugby establishments in the world.
The deal will be BLK’s first in South Africa and will see the brand supply a full range of technical performance apparel for all TENS Rugby representative teams.
Managing Director at TENS Rugby, Gerhardi Odendaal said the high level of innovation and design opportunities is what attracted them to BLK.
“We at TENS Rugby are very excited to be able to offer our teams the same quality playing kit some of the top professional teams in the world wear,” said Mr Odendaal.
“BLK is innovative, hardworking and creative and we are delighted to offer our teams the opportunity to design their own kit online for the first time ever,” he said.
Launched in 2009 by former Springbok stars Bob Skinstad and Robbie Fleck, the Cape Town TENS rugby tournament has become one of the world’s largest rugby tens contests.
Now in its sixth year the event will again take place at Hamilton Rugby Club, one of South Africa’s oldest rugby clubs, on Friday 7 February and Saturday 8 February 2014 with more than 90 teams set to take part.
CEO at BLK Tyron Brant said this was one of their first major deals in South Africa and was another step in their global expansion plans.
“At BLK we are committed to providing the most technologically advanced playing apparel on the market, so to be aligned with a major rugby organisation such as TENS Rugby is a testament to the standard of our apparel,” said Mr Brant.
“The Cape Town TENS Rugby tournament is a great rugby institution in South Africa and around the world. It sees rugby fanatics come together to take part in two days of competition, entertainment and socialising.
“The playing kits will utilise some of the most advanced technology to help teams reach their playing potential on the field. We look forward to seeing some of the jersey designs created by the teams taking part in the tournament next year,” he said.
This latest deal comes following the recent announcement of BLK’s first European partnership with Connacht Rugby. The four-year partnership sees the brand supply a full range of technical performance apparel for all representative teams of the provincial Irish rugby team.
Australian based BLK has become a major international brand since it was created in 2011. With worldwide distribution, BLK are the official apparel partners with teams such as Wallabies, Manu Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, University of Canberra Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels and Canterbury Rugby Union. In addition, they boast over 4,000 teams worldwide who exclusively carry BLK team wear.
For more information please visit www.blksport.co.za
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Great memories from great times!
With the 2013 Cape Town Tens in the bag, we’re almost ready to open entries for the 2014 event.
The 2014 Cape Town Tens entries open at midday on 18th April on our website www.capetowntens.com – by then we’ll be able to confirm exact final date (early Feb as always), final entry fee and packages (similar to this year), and exact format (there will be a Vets, a Premier, and in all likelihood 4 Beer Divisions, plus a Tag Rugby Division) – by then our website will be updated and improved too.
In the meantime, start lining up your sponsors, and designing your team kit – then you really can hit the ground running. All teams that played in 2013 will be guaranteed an entry if they enter within the first 48 hours, and all details will be revealed then!
Greetings from Tens Rugby HQ!
The dust has just about settled from the 5th anniversary CT Tens, and planning is well underway for 2014 – it really is a round-the-year effort believe it or not!
A few updates from our side in terms of tournament entries, the survey and changes happening at the Tens:
1. The 2013 Repucom CT Tens Survey – thank you sincerely to all those who took the time to complete the survey – your feedback is invaluable to us in helping make sure we continually improve our event.
The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, but we also do welcome the constructive criticism, as well as the new ideas, so hopefully you’ll notice some of your suggestions and improvements coming through next year. A few fun random facts from the survey:
- 71% “will absolutely not miss the 2014 event”!
- 95% were positive about the tournament hotel
- The Stormers are the most popular S15 side with 45% choosing them
- Castle Light is the most popular drink – 49% saying it’s their favourite
Your single best memory? Some verbatim quotes:
- “Interacting with other teams. Great camaraderie. Saturday night party.”
- “Getting together with old mates and acting like we were back at school! the glory days!
- “My father came to watch my games on Saturday. Last time I played was in matric (2005). First time in 7 years he saw me play rugby again.”
- “The whole 38 hours was amazing, but heads up for the attendance of so many magnificent looking Capetonian girls..WOW!!”
- “Beer tent!! Awesome crowd attended. Other than that it’s a blur.”
2. Changing of the guard – it’s been an incredible 5 years at the helm of the rugby section of the Cape Town Tens, an amazing privilege to meet so many wonderful party loving rugby people from around the country and the world, and superb to work with the most loyal partners, colleagues, sponsors and other stakeholders possible – to see a beer fueled idea become such a successful reality has been a true career highlight for me.
But being a nomad at heart, means that it’s now time for me to pursue another dream of mine that I’ve had for a very long time, and on the 1st June 2013 I will be setting off on a bicycle on a zig-zag route from Cape Town to London to go and watch the 2015 RWC (hopefully see some of you there!). This means that there is an opportunity to bring in some fresh ideas to the CT Tens team and I’m delighted to take this opportunity to welcome Tom Negri (email@example.com) on board! Tom who is an up and coming rugby agent at Prosport International, worked very closely with me on the 2013 Cape Town Tens, and will be taking over the running of the rugby side of the Tens going forward, with immediate effect. I will continue the handover until I leave, but Tom’s a lot more intelligent than me, and is being supported by the same team in Bob, Rob, Don, Geri and co, so this should all ensure a seamless transition. Please join me in wishing him all the very best for his new role!
3. Now the most important news – the 2014 Cape Town Tens entries open at midday on 18th April on our website www.capetowntens.com – by then we’ll be able to confirm exact final date (early Feb as always), final entry fee and packages (similar to this year), and exact format (there will be a Vets, a Premier, and in all likelihood 4 Beer Divisions, plus a Tag Rugby Division) – by then our website will be updated and improved too. In the meantime, start lining up your sponsors, and designing your team kit – then you really can hit the ground running. All teams that played in 2013 will be guaranteed an entry if they enter within the first 48 hours, and all details will be revealed then!
4. Yes, we are doing things back to front – details on Jozi and PE will be released shortly…do bear with us – they’re a touch more complicated….
Just a quick note that we’ve been absolutely blow away by the response for entries for the 2013, 5th anniversary Cape Town Tens. The 48 spaces available for the 3 Beer Divisions have been sold out in record time, with over 75 entries having been received, and we can confirm that all are now sold out – if you have entered, and haven’t paid or received confirmation of your place, I’m afraid that we have to break the bad news to you that you’ll be placed on the waiting list (in order or entry received) in the very unlikely event that we have a withdrawal.
We have coincidentally today launched the Jozi Tens, so head on over to www.jozitens.com and consider getting involved in the inaugural event in September…all teams that have entered for Cape Town (whether or not you got in) are entitled to an early bird discount, so get involved!
There are one or two places left in the Veteran’s and Premier Division, so don’t despair if those are your Divisions of choice!
For the first time in the history of the Cape Town Tens, Entries are open in April! This has been done for a number of reasons, but primarily because we have some incredible plans to celebrate our 5th anniversary in 2013 in real style, and planning on all aspects of the tournament is already well underway much earlier than normal. We also hope that by opening entries earlier, teams have more time to:
- Find sponsors and get monies raised
- Design their kit (and ensure that it is delivered before Christmas holidays and avoid any last minute dramas)
- Book and find the best travel deals available – plenty of news to come on this – and also a chance to plan the trip further in advance and consider extending their stay to explore more of what Cape Town has to offer, and also consider getting involved in the Charity Events around the Tournament – The SA Rugby Legends Charity Celeb golf day that takes place during the day on Thursday 31st January, and also the JAG Foundation and CNCF joint gala dinner that takes place on the Thursday evening
- Prepare in general, and contribute to the vibe in the build up to the tournament through updating their progress and team news etc on our new website (of which we’re super proud) – more on that to follow once you’ve registered
The entry fee for 2013 will be R10,000 per team, for a squad of 20 this year (including players and management) and will include meal tickets, a set of 20 fully sublimated playing jerseys (to your design of course), physio and massage services, full medical support and facilities, all the water and sport’s drink you need, WP appointed referees, entry to the festival, exclusive player’s area for each Division, team beer specials, one helluva jol…and it’s our 5th birthday, so we have some exciting plans in the pipeline to celebrate, so keep an eye out for the presents we’ll be giving away!
As always, we’re confident that entries will be snapped up fast, and despite the fact that 2013 will see a record 80 teams participating, there are only 16 spots available in each of the 5 divisions, so expect them to be sold out quickly. Please avoid disappointment by registering as early as possible.
We’re implementing a strict, ‘First Paid, First In’ policy this year, so that all teams are treated fairly, but we are also thanking the teams that have played in all 4 previous Cape Town Tens tournaments by guaranteeing their entries as long as they are fully paid up by the 31st May 2012.
Please visit the Tournament Info Pack page for further information relating to the entry process etc, and we look forward to welcoming your team aboard in 2013 – just make sure you move quick!
After the 2012 Cape Town Tens we did a comprehensive survey of the participants, asking them a series of questions and seeking comment relating to various aspects of the rugby itself, as well as the other facets of the tournament weekend. At the same time we also considered feedback from the referees and other officials, and of course our own observations over the last 4 years. The response we received was phenomenal, and it’s great to see the passion people have for the rugby through the way they responded with such fervor on the subject.
A number of common themes came through relating to the running of the rugby itself , and these can best be summarised, in no particular order, as:
- The desire for a later start time on the Saturday morning
- Clearer definition and stricter policing of the criteria relating to the playing strength of each Division
- More consistent officiating
- Better and more efficient communication relating to scoring at matches, updating of the logs, and knock-out match fixtures
- The desire for all matches in each division to take place on the same field
- A player’s area overlooking the fields
- A 3rd Beer Division catering for the purely socially minded teams
- More silverware to compete for
- Simpler format
- Stricter enforcing of punctuality of matches
There was also a number of other creative suggestions for areas of improvement, and every single reply has been considered, and you’ll be seeing a number of these implemented in 2013 – some quite radical, and some just a tweak or slight improvement on the way things have traditionally worked.
So in response to the above, the following changes, amongst others, will be implemented in 2013 – some details may change between now and the tournament itself, but in principal:
- Saturday’s first matches will kick off at about 10am (no more 8.00am starts!!!)
- Check the Tournament Info Pack for full details on the new Division criteria, and the enforcement thereof. Teams will need to sign an agreement committing to these criteria, and this includes the fact that all players will need to be registered in advance of the tournament, and in the case of the the Veteran’s Division, ID’s will need to be produced to confirm the 35year old age limit is adhered to.
- Officials will be assigned to each division for the duration of each weekend, and they will only officiate in that division. Each division will also have its own referee administrator who will oversee the officials, the disciplinary procedures, disputes, and score keeping in that division.
- Electronic scoreboards will be operated on each field, and scores will be uploaded electronically to our website immediately after each match. These scores and real-time updates to the tournament logs, and resulting knock-out fixtures will be broadcast on a series of TV screens throughout the event, and will be available real-time on our website and mobi-site which you will be able to access on your mobile phones.
- Each division will be allocated its own field, and a player’s area overlooking that field. Teams can then easily base themselves at one place, and keep an eye on their opponents!
- A 5th Division has been added in 2013 – The “We’re Mainly Here For The Beer” Division – this means that with 3 Beer Categories, and a clearer definition of the criteria of each division, that there should be a Division to suit all teams, and therefore ensuring less mismatches should occur. Again, please see the Tournament Info Pack for full details.
- Every division will have 4 prizes to play for – the Cup, Plate, Bowl, and Shield.
- Each division will have 16 teams, playing in 4 pools of 4, with all teams going through to the knock-out stages of one of the trophies up for grabs in that division. This ensures all teams are guaranteed 3 pool matches on the Friday, and 2 or 3 knock out matches on Saturday depending how far their team progresses.
- Each division’s referee administrator will police that field’s matches in terms of punctuality and duration, and teams will be deducted points for arriving late for matches.
Many other improvements and tweaks relating to the player’s experience will be made, and these will be hopefully enjoyed by all at the event!