Founded in the early seventies Mandeville Sports and Social Club has become a force to be reckoned with in the area of sport for the disabled in South Africa. Mandeville was originally a clubhouse with a single bowling green but really started to pick up impetus in the early nineties with the building of an Indoor centre. This immediately gave the wheelchair basketball players a facility where adverse weather conditions would have little impact on their practices and competitions.
The indoor centre was designed to cater for TV production and it was not long before a lucrative sponsorship deal was struck between pay channel Supersport and the SA Sports Association for Physically Disabled thus paving the way for a sustained televised competition known as the “Superseries”. The Mandeville Indoor Centre was the obvious choice venue for the major games and now hosts all the televised games that are scheduled.
Due to the regular televised broadcasts from the centre, commercial opportunities in the form of naming rights (Vodacom) and signage became available thus ensuring that the debt incurred to build the centre could be eradicated and more importantly the centre would be well maintained.
During May 2005 and imported wooden floor was laid with funding having been solicited from Supersport, The Sports Trust and Rotary Club of Orange Grove. The addition of the floor has ensured that the Centre now complies with international regulations as dictated by FIBA.
Building operations are underway to allow for the part time accommodation of 40 athletes thus creating an academy environment for training and squad camps.
The indoor centre also gave permanent office space to controlling bodies such as SASAPD and DISSA. Both have blossomed into proficient administrative forces. DISSA has since moved to the newly created SASCOC and SASAPD in Germiston in order to create their own identity.
In addition to the indoor Centre, a project was devised to refurbish, cover and heat the 25-yard outdoor pool with the intention of providing an all year round sustained aquatic centre. The cost of the refurbishment was in the region of R1.5 million which was partially sponsored by the National Lotteries Distribution Board, Telkom, Nedbank and Pick’nPay. The facility is well used with professional coach Greg Price in attendance. The aquatic centre is also the home of the Edenvale Life Savers.
Mandeville also caters for wheelchair rugby, table tennis, tennis, archery and bowls. The wheelchair rugby team (Mandeville Lions) recently received a sponsorship from Bruma Auto and this will certainly encourage the players. It also has a very strong and vibrant social side that is enjoyed by both visitors and guests.
Mandeville operates under the leadership of President Andy Scott and Chairman Rob Dale. Manager Rebecca Pring can be contacted on 011 6167576.