New multipurpose sports surface for Kroneberg

2016-03-23 06:00
Kroneberg Primary’s netball team on the new multipurpose sports surface. From left are Jennelee Noah, principal Noël Louis, Veronica Jacobs and Kersha Human. In the middle are Chelsea-Leigh Gallant, Yolande Bothma, Tabita Jansen. In front is Shannon Freeman. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

Kroneberg Primary’s netball team on the new multipurpose sports surface. From left are Jennelee Noah, principal Noël Louis, Veronica Jacobs and Kersha Human. In the middle are Chelsea-Leigh Gallant, Yolande Bothma, Tabita Jansen. In front is Shannon Freeman. Photo: ZELDRÉ STRAUSS SWANEPOEL

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THE Kroneberg Primary School, which has been plagued by vandalism, now boasts a brand new multipurpose sports surface which cannot be stolen or vandalised.

The school, which has a total of 1 008 learners, is situated in an area in Chatty where cows wander freely through the school grounds because the boundary fence has been vandalised.

A donation from the National Lottery Fund has made the installation of the surface possible and included an array of equipment for various sporting codes.

“It feels like a flood in the drought,” said principal Noël Louis. “We have been really struggling to have proper sports facilities at the school. Due to our fence being broken and being stolen piece by piece, we constantly struggle with our equipment being stolen and our grounds being ruined by the cows.”

Kroneberg’s once-thriving vegetable garden, which supplied the school’s feeding scheme, was also destroyed. The school does not have the funding to repair the fence, and according to Louis, any funding received goes into putting up security features such as palisade fencing to ensure the safety of the learners and staff. “We have to make sure that our children are safe in their classrooms. That is our first priority. The boundary fence is definitely a problem, but to fix that would take an astronomical amount of money, which the school does not have.”

The new surface will have removable nets and poles for sports such as netball and tennis.

“The four-week shutdown of schools in the northern areas has forced us to put sport on the backburner and focus on academics for now to catch up, but with the arrival of the new surface and equipment, our athletes are really looking forward to getting back into sport,” Louis said.

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