Play and be a superstar

2015-09-02 06:00
FOOTBALL slalom dribble.

FOOTBALL slalom dribble.

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“TABOGA, yellow, no, the red one, dribble, pull,” was the language of the day, followed by clapping and cheering of energetic gr. 4 learners at the Kim-Kgolo Sports Grounds.

The games of the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge took place on Wednesday 12 August and excitement filled the sportsground as the learners became more and more eager to get their turn to participate.

The group of learners of the Kim-Kgolo Primary School took part in football slalom dribble, catch and throw, mini hurdles, rope pull and an agility drill; all of which were completed in a matter of minutes.

Let’s Play Physical Education is commemorating its 10th year with this challenge and aims to target as many 10- and 11-year-olds from South Africa’s 18 000 primary schools nationwide as possible.

During the launch of the challenge, the Let’s Play coaching teams targeted approximately 20 schools around the Northern Cape.

The challenge aimed at reinforcing the instruction of curriculum-orientated physical education and to promote physical activity in all schools.

It is designed to accommodate both boys and girls and will be standardised at every competing school.

The fittest learners per school will compete, after which the top ten schools per province will qualify for the provincial semifinal, leading to an overall provincial winner.

While activity is the central focus of the challenge, it will also draw attention to two major social issues among youngsters: doping and bullying.

A parallel campaign to end violence against children will be supported by Unicef, the children’s rights and emergency relief organisation.

Former Miss South Africa, Jo-Anne Strauss, is the Goodwill Ambassador and will make appearances at schools to address the issue.

“We believe that this is a meaningful way to get schools involved in physical activity, particularly as government has highlighted the need for children to become more active,” said Vaughn Bishop, head of Let’s Play. “Kids needn’t be superstars; the challenge is designed to accommodate everyone at primary school level.”

The nine provincial winners will each receive R10 000 worth of sports equipment and a physical education package worth R40 000.

The fittest primary school per province is expected to compete for the title with the grand prize of a R1,1 million all-purpose, all-weather multi-use sports court to be built at the winning school.

The final round of the challenge will take place on Let’s Play’s tenth birthday on 5 November.

A teacher at the Kim-Kgolo Primary School, Simon Kantwane, said the fact that they did not really know what to expect during the activities, made the challenge even more interesting and exciting. The learners also had to observe the demonstrations by the coaching teams attentively.

He added that these type of activities has the potential to increase their concentration levels.

According to Kantwane, the challenges also show the teachers the importance of encouraging the girl child not to take a backseat and belittle herself.

“The girls enjoyed it and it also broke the stereotyping of the difference between boys and girls due to the fact that they were participating at the same level and encouraging each other to work harder,” he explained.

Kantwane said it was difficult for the school to stick to a smaller group of learners in fear of breaking the learners’ spirit.

As much as we wish to win, it is not all about winning. It is an eye opener for us teachers too, and also about team building.”

The Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Sport and Recreation, the Nedbank Sports Trust, Active Education, the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport, the Physical Education Institute of South Africa and MultiChoice.

Schools are invited to enter by calling 011-894-7411 or 079-529-8862. An email can also be sent to

Letshego Primary School and Warrenton Primary School were also on the list of participating schools on that same day

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