Fest encourages support for Boks

2019-10-10 06:00
Learners who participated in the festival.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Learners who participated in the festival.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Hundreds of learners from primary schools from both Nyanga and Khayelitsha participated at the Spur Tag Rugby Festival held at Nyanga Sports Field in Nyanga on Saturday 5 October.

The festival was organised by fast food restaurant Spur and Tag Rugby Association NPO to get the public to support the Springboks. A total of 10 primary schools from each area attended the event. The learners were between the ages of seven and 10.

Event organiser and director of Tag, Stuart McConnell, said their objective was to celebrate the Springbok’s participation in the World Cup Rugby 2019 in Japan.

“We run the festival all over Cape Town for the duration of the World Cup. It’s a 10-a-side competition and each team consist of seven boys and three girls,” said McConnell. He said the event was also an attempt to keep children away from the streets.

Mcconnell says sport disciplines in children.

He said the learners are playing each other and there are no winners.

“They (learners) enjoy it. For some of them, it was the first time playing rugby. We want them to focus on sport particularly rugby and stay away from gangsterism and drug abuse,” he stated.

An educator from Ludwe Ngamlana primary in Khayelitsha, Lindelwa Mahlangabeza, described the event as a great initiative. She said their aim is to groom and develop learners to be great players. “We want to see some of them representing the country and play for the Springboks,” she said.

Mahlangabeza stated that not all learners are good in their academics and that is why is vital to balance it with sport.

Parent Kwakhanya Tshaka from Nyanga urged other parents to support their children in whatever they are doing.

“Other children get motivated when they see their parents watching them. As parents they have a responsibility to support our children in whatever they are doing at a very young age,” said Tshaka.


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