SA schools get own ‘Olympics’

2012-03-29 09:56

Up to R233 million in lottery funding will be used to create a new sports league structure for primary and secondary schools, culminating in an inaugural national “olympic games” at the end of the year.

This was announced by Minister of Sport Fikile Mbalula and Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga yesterday.

The competition is a key part of government’s plan to maximise sporting opportunities for all.

Schools will compete against each other in leagues at a local level from next month.

The most talented young athletes will then be selected for the national games.

Mbalula said: “Competitive sport – whether you win or lose – teaches young people great lessons for life. It encourages teamwork, dedication and striving to be the best you can be.”

Said Motshekga: “Our schools must provide and serve as state-of-the art clinics and incubators for excellence in diverse sporting codes. Reviving school sport, at such a timely moment in the historical development of South African society, will help prioritise provision for sporting facilities for our schools.

This is the most timely moment for this development in a year wherein our nation has committed to a massive public infrastructure plan. It is a strategic moment we must seize.”

The funds for the programme will be administered by the Sports Trust. The money will be used to purchase equipment and build or revamp facilities.

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