Schools athletic champs held

2017-02-08 06:03
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Ndabenhle Primary School pupils who participated in the tournament.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Ndabenhle Primary School pupils who participated in the tournament.

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A TOTAL of 25 primary and high schools from Imbali circuit gathered at the Imbali Unit 1 sports field last Thursday and Friday to take part in the Imbali Ward Athletics Championships.

The pupils competed in soccer, netball, chess, cricket, high jump and indigenous games.

The championships take place annually and pupils who come first and second get to compete at circuit level, which includes schools from Edendale and Umgungundlovu.

Imbali ward athletics convener Themba Ndlovu said the championships are held to develop pupils’ potential through sport.

“We use these championships to avert social ills, it’s a way we try to ensure that our pupils don’t get involved in drugs and other things that could sabotage their future.

“There are pupils, who are average in the classroom, but excel in sports, and this is a way we try to cultivate that talent. We also believe a healthy mind makes a healthy body and that its important for pupils to always be active.”

Ndlovu said from circuit level the pupils move to district level.

“From district-level pupils they move to compete in provisional level and then winners will compete nationally where they will represent the province with other pupils who have made it at that level­.”

Chairperson of the Imbali Schools Sport Council Manqoba Ndlovu said over the years the event has faced many challenges, including that of inadequate sponsorship.

“We don’t have support from the Department of Health in terms of stationing ambulances to assist pupils in case of emergency. Being from previously disadvantaged communities we also face a serious challenge of a shortage of proper equipment, this ends up depriving the talent of our pupils.”

Ndlovu said the championships are held because they believe sports stars should be groomed in their formative years.

“Life growth starts at primary school level, this is where we need to make sure social needs are being supplied in order to assist our pupils to reach their full potential whether on the field or in the classroom.

“We should get full support from stakeholders like Msunduzi Municipality and the Department of Sports and Recreation should come on board and form part of this event. It’s sad that schools have to put in their own resources to participate in such an event,” said Ndlovu.

He said this was worrying because the national Department of Sports and Recreation has a national schools sports programme aimed at sports development in all schools and they should also benefit from it.

We use these championships to avert social ills, it’s a way we try to ensure that our pupils don’t get involved in drugs and other things

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