In working to ensure that the plantation communities have access to the joys and health benefits of sport and physical activity, we recently invested in our wide range of Hevecam recreation facilities. These structural upgrades have been enthusiastically adopted by up to 4,000 people so far, inspiring uptake of a diverse range of activities – including karate, handball, volleyball, crosscountry, judo and aquagym. Equally, the addition of the swimming pool will enable us to deliver swimming lessons for an estimated 900 students throughout 2019.
Pascal Mbimi, member of the Division of Sporting Activities and Culture shared that ‘to encourage sports participation, we regularly organize campaigns across the villages. For example, we created pamphlets on the benefits of sport that were distribute from office to office. In inviting employees to join us, we’re building a strong and healthy Hevecam community.’
Sports tournaments form a key part of community events and celebrations, catering to the extensive number of sports teams across all levels and ages. The structural upgrades have since improved our capacity to accommodate these teams’ requirements for hosting and participation, such as the female football teams’ well spectated tournament during the 2019 International Women’s Day festivities. Recently, the Hevecam Worker’s Team proudly claimed the first-place trophy in the 133rd edition of the external Labour Day football tournament, competing against teams from eight other renowned companies.
Our efforts to nurture an interest in recreational sports and play is particularly directed towards the children of workers, including beyond school hours. Every Saturday and in rotation of villages, children can benefit from being collected and driven by bus to the Hevecam Club Le Tali community centre. Activities are provided and children are free to play at leisure, use the equipment or to swim in the pool under the supervision of the lifeguards.