Giving Back

Developing young people through sport

Developing with purpose

The purpose of sport is to provide a positive avenue for healthy living and for active social interaction between people. The value and enjoyment of sport is learned at a young age. For this reason, Giflo is passionate about school sport. So much so that school sport sponsorship is an important way for the company to give back to its community.

Giflo believes strongly in the development of youth through the inherent values of sport.

As a long-term investor in sport, this year Giflo is the proud sport sponsor of;

  • Paarl Gimnasium High School (rugby),
  • Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool (rugby),
  • Paarl Gimnasium Primary School (athletics and tennis),
  • Courtrai Primary School (rugby and netball) and
  • Paarl Boys’ Primary School (rugby, hockey, tennis, cricket and chess).

Giflo has also recently added water polo co-sponsorship to the list of sport disciplines it supports and signed up as the swimming pool naming rights sponsor at Paarl Girls’ High School for the next five years.

In 2022 Giflo sponsorship branding will again be prominently displayed on first team rugby jerseys, at the field of play and in other brand marketing material for all the sports sponsored, namely, athletics, rugby, hockey, water polo, netball, tennis, cricket and chess.

Paarl Gimnasium High School was ranked as South Africa’s number one rugby school in 2021. This highly acclaimed school has so far produced 31 Springboks and six Sevens Springboks (Blitsbokke). Of the school’s 174 Craven Week players, 45 also played for the SA Schools team.

In addition, Giflo also sponsors Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool’s 1st rugby team in Pretoria. Affies is a Christian Afrikaans high school with a rich history that aims to maintain and build on its unique tradition of excellent, educational teaching for the benefit of the whole of South Africa and all its citizens. Affies has produced 11 Springboks and many provincial players, while some pupils also went on to represent countries such as Russia and Ireland on the rugby field.

It’s not just cricket

As part of its giving back programme, developing with purpose, Giflo is sponsoring new cricket kit and equipment for the Believers Cricket Club based in Groenheuwel, Paarl. The club supports the development of cricket skills and encourages positive involvement in society. Their goal is to provide an instructive environment as well as fielding a competitive team that enjoys success locally.

Believers Cricket Club was started by a pastor who wants to give hope to young men in his community who have lost their way in life due to violence and broken homes, through the medium of sport.

Chairman of the club, John Samuels, elaborates:

“The more cricket they play the more they change and even in the community, I can sense things are changing. Our first year of playing cricket was very difficult. We ended last in the final tournament and my heart broke for these boys who so desperately wanted to do well. But things got better. We started winning tournaments and the three trophies we’ve won so far are our pride and joy.

Best of all, I began to see a change in the players. They started behaving better and the police say that violence and crime in our area has begun to come down.

I truly believe that with help from above and the generous donations from our sponsors, we are making a difference, not only in these young men’s lives but in our community as well.”