Cape Town Cricket Sixes festival growing fast

Sasfin Cape Town Sixes is a festival of sports and entertainment.

The annual Sasfin Cape Town Cricket Sixes will take place from Friday February 14 to Sunday February 16 at the Western Province Cricket Club in Rondebosch.

The festival, now in its fifth year, has more than doubled in size, going from 40 teams in 2016 to over 100 teams booked for 2020.

The festival traditionally focused on cricket as its core sport but six- a-side soccer leagues were added in 2017 and this year the founders announced that they will be adding touch and tag rugby leagues for 2020.

The event incorporates men’s, women’s and junior leagues, welcoming players across all skill levels by allowing entrants to participate in the social league, lager league, development league and the VIP Corporate Cup. Players from all over the world enter their teams, some as far away as Dubai and Qatar.

There are three leagues for soccer and two leagues for touch rugby. Each team entered is guaranteed four games with group matches on Saturday February 15 and finals on Sunday February 16.

Also on offer throughout the weekend will be a selection of artisanal food stands and local pop-up restaurants. The global food village aims to have a dish from each of the countries participating in the matches.

After grabbing a bite to eat, head on to the Hendricks Gin Bar lounge to cool down with an ice cold G&T and if you’re feeling energetic enough you can take on the Southern Comfort cycle challenge where you cycle to mix your own zingy margarita. There will also be a PlayStation Adventure Park with rides, games and face-painting for children. The music line-up for the weekend includes Rivertones, Tim Smal and DJs and bands still to be announced. Band Goodluck will be the Saturday evening headline act.

The event aims to bring about positive change and provide a platform for sports development within local communities. The #HitPovertyforaSix programme, driven by Ryan Christian, allows children from local communities and townships to train at special clinics coached by past legends of the game such as Allan Donald and Meyrick Pringle. These special development teams will also be given team entries to play alongside the other teams during the tournament and their very own cricket heroes. To book your team in to one of the three leagues visit https://www.howler.co.za/events/team-entry-sasfin-cape-town-cricket-sixes-2020-2f04. Travel packages for teams outside Cape Town are available www.capetownsixes.com/travel-packages. General early bird tickets are available at R90 each. To register for these tickets visit https://www.howler.co.za/events/register-for-early-access-to-sasfin-cape-town-cricket-sixes-win-89ba