Local football derby to celebrate 100 years of Chapmans Peak Drive

On Saturday 7th May, a soccer derby celebrating Chapman’s Peak’s centenary will be played at Noordhoek Football Club between Noordhoek and Hout Bay, honouring a spectacular road that connects these two suburbs.

Chapmans Peak Drive was officially opened on 6th May 1922, after seven years of construction. It was an engineering feat back then and it remains an iconic tourist attraction and important artery connecting the Deep South to Hout Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard.

Festivities will kick off at 9am, with matches being played all day and will finish late afternoon. “We host matches between competitive teams as well as social teams and encourage all to come and support,” says Noordhoek Football Club Chairman, Joey Delcarme. “We will have food and festivities throughout the day and would love to have the local residents come and join us.” 

Brad Bing, Chairperson of the Noordhoek Ratepayers Association (NRPA) says, “Our local club and the Hout Bay FC are places where people from all the different communities, rich and poor, can come together to celebrate the beautiful game. This is going to be a day worth supporting. We urge all Noordhoekers to come to the field to give support to your local team.”

The Noordhoek Football Club was started in September 2009 by a handful of parents as a club open to all. The club started with two teams and now has Under 10, Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 teams, as well as a First Team, Premier Team and an Over 40 team. The response has been so overwhelmingly positive that Noordhoek FC boasts the most integrated soccer club of the Southern Peninsula.

Joey Delcarme, the club’s Chairman, says, “Besides the healthy entertainment and exercise, one of the more remarkable benefits of the initiative is the social and personal spin-off for the participants, for example, some of the parents have started teaching English, as well as providing meals for children that need it…..as you cannot play on a hungry tummy!”

Mark Jacobs, General Manager of Entilini operating Chapman’s Peak Drive, says, “Chapman’s Peak Drive is a bridge that connects communities and allows for life on the Southern Peninsula to thrive. It has opened pathways to new opportunities and even after 100 years, Chappies continues to connect communities, businesses and people from all over the world.”