TEKWANE Primary School pupils and those from other schools in their surrounding areas were over the moon after the recent official opening of the newly constructed Multi-purpose Sports Field at the school, WRITES NAKAMPE LEKWADU
The field at Tekwane township in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga is part of Builders in partnership with SuperSport’s campaign to invest in education and youth in the country as well as giving back to communities.
Apart from parents and pupils from various schools around the area, this colourful event was graced by representatives of Builders, SuperSport’s Let’s Play Program, Active Education, Hitachi and various local political figures.
Introduced in 2015, the campaign targets schools that are excelling in sports without adequate sporting facilities. Since 2015 Builders and SuperSport have constructed six sports fields in various school across South Africa and Tekwane was the first school in 2017 to receive the sports field. More schools are set to receive this remarkable field this year. This partnership enables schools in various communities to be more active in physical education and sports, which could create future soccer legends.
Ten schools which were invited to the event had an opportunity of playing on the new pitch in a form of Builders Tournament on the day.
Said Andre Steyn, Builders Marketing and Innovations Director: “This tournament was created to allow the schools around the community an opportunity to experience the new facilities as well as contribute to the love of soccer. In doing so we also created a sustainable league that includes the Under-10 and Under-12 age groups. It is so humbling to see what a success it has been, and to watch children united by sport is extraordinary.”
The tournament is not the only initiative these children have benefited from. Participating schools received physical education training from Active Education coaches, who paid a weekly visit to each school on an on-going bases. To introduce both boys and girls to the wonderful world of sports. Active Education holds a partnership agreement with the Department of Basic Education, which allows them access to the schools and the local district office.
SuperSport’s Vaughn Bishop was equally excited about this initiative, saying: “This official handing over of the multi-purpose field here is another achievement for us as it will make our objectives of encouraging the youngsters to live a positive life through sports.”
Bishop say their program targets kids from as an early as 12 years because it is very easy to make impact to them when they are still young like that.
“As Let’s Play, we are engaging approximately 20 000 kids a week of with our accredited facilitators engaging them on a 45 minutes physical education throughout the country,” added Bishop.
The principal of Tekwane, Magda Wessels was also praised Builders and SuperSport for choosing their school.
“I am very excited about this initiative, even more so for my school that was chosen among all others in this area. We had a challenge of posts and other equipments, and this initiative has come in handy for us,” added Wes