The Builders Sports Tournament, a partnership with SuperSport since 2015, is drawing closer to an end with the finals set to take place on 25November at Luthuli Park Combined School, where the new sports field will be unveiled.
The tournament started on 26 September between five schools around Seshego, Polokwane. To date,four schools have benefited from this partnership withLuthuli Combined School as the last beneficiarythat will host the finals.“This tournament was created to allow the schools in this community an opportunity to experience the new facilities as well as create a “hype” around soccer. In doing so we also created a sustainable league that includes the U10 and U12 age groups. It is so humbling to see what a success it has been, and to watch children united by sport is extraordinary”, said Nkele Mukhari – CSI & ED Officer at Builders.
The tournament is not the only initiative thatthesechildren have benefited from.Participating schools received physical education training from Active Education coaches,who paid a weekly visit to each school. This helped 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.
“Our partnership with the Department enables us to cut through the red tape which allows us to assist the learners withfacilities at a rapid rate,”said Bruce Smith, Sports Manager at Active Education. “We have set up the league as well as employed a local community member who is trained and doing a fantastic job as our representative in the area.” he continued.
As the league’s final fastapproaches and the participating schools dust off their boots, it is clear that bragging rights are not the only thing motivating the children to succeed, but also the feeling of being a part of something bigger than they have ever imagined.