Cape Town - Advent Sport Entertainment and Media (ASEM) on Tuesday announced that Duitser Bosman, CEO of Varsity Sport, will leave his position at the end of July after more than 11 years working on the evolution of university sport in South Africa.
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Francois Pienaar, CEO of ASEM, said that it is truly a sad day, but that with every challenge and with the inevitable change that happens in all companies there is also opportunity, and this will be no different.
“Duitser has been a loyal and hard-working employee of ASEM for many years and is one of the main reasons why our flagship product, the Varsity Cup, is regarded as one of the best sporting competitions in South Africa today, and the premier university rugby competition in the world,” said Pienaar.
“Duitser leaves a big legacy in the world of student sport in South Africa and he will still be involved in a hand-over process to ensure the product retains its place at the top echelon of sport and entertainment.
“As a shareholder, we will still have Duitser serving on the Exco of Varsity Sports and continue to add value in terms of his valuable experience.”
“We wish Duitser all the best in his new endeavours and i am sure he will make a success of any project that he embarks on.”
Bosman, one of the founding members of the Varsity Cup in 2007, was in charge of the competition from its humble beginning with eight university rugby teams in 2008, to where Varsity Sport is today, encompassing 10 sporting codes played at 24 university campuses across South Africa.
The Varsity Cup alone produced 44 Springboks and played a massive role in transforming rugby, especially by providing playing opportunities for players at non-traditional rugby universities.
“I’m very emotional to be moving on as I really love the Varsity Cup and I’m proud of what we’ve achieved in changing the way sport is played at tertiary level,” said Bosman.
“Working on the Varsity Cup and later Varsity Sport and School Sport changed my life and proved to me what wonderful potential we have in this country.
“I believe the company is on the brink of something big with the addition of School Sport to the portfolio, and hope that this potential can be materialised effectively in the near future.”
“I am looking forward to new opportunities and new challenges in life but will always regard the time with universities and schools as some of the best in my working life.”
Bosman was CEO of Varsity Cup from its formation in 2007 and as the competition expanded to include the Varsity Shield (2011) and Young Guns (2012) competitions until today.
In 2013, these rugby competitions were outsourced to ASEM for management. At the same time, Varsity Sports, which eventually incorporated netball, hockey, soccer, athletics, sevens rugby, volleyball, cricket, mountain biking, basketball and a choir competition, was founded.
Earlier this year, the schools component was added to the business, with competitions initially in athletics, netball and sevens rugby. Bosman ends this part of his career as CEO of Varsity Cup, Varsity Sports and School Sports.