Investment builds sport at school

2017-09-19 06:00
With few resources, Ukhanyo Primary School has had only one physical education or sport coach, one netball court and a short running track for over a dozen teams playing five different sports.

With few resources, Ukhanyo Primary School has had only one physical education or sport coach, one netball court and a short running track for over a dozen teams playing five different sports.

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Learners of Ukhanyo Primary School showed off their sporting talents during a visit by Anroux Marais, provincial minister of cultural affairs and sport.

Marais visited the learners as an introduction to programmes being run to improve sport and learning at the school.

She was accompanied by members of Masicorp – a non-profit organisation working in Masiphumelele to uplift the community, with a focus on education and keeping vulnerable youth off the streets and away from crime, drugs and gangs – and the MCC750 project.

Working with Masicorp, the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) world cricket committee has pledged capital over three years, which will be used to focus on the development of a sporting structure at the school. This will include the employment of a sports administrator, two extra coaches and a range of equipment, such as kits for the five sport codes played at the school.

In the second phase, planned for 2020, another three artificial surfaces will be installed along with a secure parking area.

The project looks to get at least 750 donors to commit to a donation of R100 each a month to build on the MCC’s donation of R870 000 (“Locals bat for kids”, People’s Post, 8 August).

The school, which is home to 1860 learners, was initially built to accommodate 450 learners.

With insufficient resources, the school has had only one physical education or sport coach, one netball court and a short running track for over a dozen teams playing five different sports.

Marais was also introduced to programmes run by Masicorp to improve English language use among the learners, who are taught in their mother tongue until Grade 3, after which they change to English. The programme has a library and runs extra classes in science.

Marais says: “It was both heartwarming and inspiring to witness first-hand how sport and cultural activities are used as tools to contribute towards the reconciliation and development of the Masiphumelele community through the provision of accessible sport facilities, programmes and services. The various programmes run by Masicorp at Ukhanyo Primary School does indeed assist our department in promoting school sport by assisting with structures, competitions, talent identification, development, as well as specific and next-level activities.”

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