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Sleepover a slam dunk

The annual sleepover at Newlands rugby stadium was held on the weekend, and Tank Lanning is declaring it a fantastic success.

Having had the pleasure and honour of actually trotting out in the blue and white to play a few games for the home side, I thought pitching a tent and sleeping on the hallowed turf would come a distant second.

I was wrong … It was a truly special experience to be able to share the afternoon, evening and night with my son Joe, and a few mates round the braai with a cold one in hand once the short guys had hit the sack. At Newlands – one of the more famous stadia in the world!

The Stormers players took the kids through an excellent coaching clinic, and then sat until every single poster had been signed. Knowing the pressure they are under when it comes to sponsor obligations, it was great to see them genuinely enjoying themselves and giving their time so graciously.

Club Newlands put on a very slick show it has to be said, with the following activities on the action packed agenda:

  • A Virgin Active warm up and activity session for both Parents and Kids
  • Kids coaching clinic with Players and Coaches
  • Dads Q&A session with Matthew Proudfoot, Allister Coetzee, Robbie Fleck.
  • Signing session with entire team
  • Group Photo
  • Currie Cup Photo Opportunity for Dads
  • Setting up tents
  • Spur meals for the kids
  • Braai packs and Salads for the adults.
  • Cartoon Area
  • Kicking Simulator Area
  • Kiddies Movie on a big screen
  • Castle Corner (with big screens)
  • Massage Area

The stadium lights were switched off at 11h30, and the announcer had us up at 05h30 the next morning! Apparently something to do with not wanting tents up on the field when the sun came up …

The coffee and rusks were a life saviour!

In our pre event communication we were told that it is VERY IMPORTANT TO NOT urinate on the pitch as urine changes the chemical composition of the soil, leaving marks and affecting the growth of the grass. So if you see any yellow spots when the Stormers play their first home game, I could be bribed into naming and shaming …

Below a few pics from the event:

Author: Tank

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  1. This it would have been NEARLY as much fun and the same experience camping out at the Cape Town Stadium… ?

    • Not close, and after seeing the media seats in the rain on Saturday, I am no longer such a new stadium protagonist … Perhaps column on Thursday??

  2. Was there a good turnout? Looks like there was a lot of open spaces. I would have loved to have been able to treat my laaitie to that experience. Honestly… I would have loved to treat myself to that experience.

  3. ….and what happened to the other half of Corne Krige???

    • Unbelievable how much weight he has lost since giving thise Cape Epic lark a go. His kids had a jol, though …