Beach sport for Tongaat school

2015-11-11 06:00
Photo: supplied Principal Rajen Singh overlooks the under construction facilities.

Photo: supplied Principal Rajen Singh overlooks the under construction facilities.

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TONGAAT Secondary School has engaged in an ambitious venture to foster beach volleyball and beach soccer by constructing a beach volleyball and soccer facility at their school.

Principal Rajen Singh said: “The idea of a beach sports facility will certainly cater for the sporting needs of all pupils especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot afford expensive sports gear.

“Training and playing on beach sand can be done barefoot and it is a very effective training method,” added the principal.

Singh said the first task was to landscape the bank along the arena into a four tier pavilion which made maximum use of the terrain.

“Thereafter the dredging of the area in front of the pavilion commenced in earnest thanks to the magnanimous efforts of our ex-pupil and patron, Gauri Soobramoney of Tongaat Hardware Services for providing us with a Payloader and a Bobcat for excavations.”

Singh said Soobramoney’s efforts in assisting the school to achieve its final goal did not stop there as she then sourced the sea sand which was necessary for the facility.

“We are aware that outstanding volleyball enthusiasts who have taken to professional beach volleyball are making a lucrative living out of the sport, but more importantly it gives our children an opportunity to engage in sports instead of focusing attention on other social ills like drugs and substance abuse,” said Singh.

The new pavilion and beach arena will also be floodlit which to allow pupils to play night matches.

“It is hoped that we produce provincial and national volleyball stars in the future,” said Singh.

“It is our hope that Tongaat will be able to produce more players to take to this sport with a view to make a living from it.”

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