Rugby festival a treat for players

2018-05-16 06:00
The team of the !Xunkhwesa Combined School (in orange) and the team of the Homevale Primary School (in red) during the Get into Rugby Festival, held at Vleissentraal Park on Saturday (12/05). Photo: Boipelo Mere

The team of the !Xunkhwesa Combined School (in orange) and the team of the Homevale Primary School (in red) during the Get into Rugby Festival, held at Vleissentraal Park on Saturday (12/05). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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Their first participation in the Get into Rugby Festival saw the !Xunkhwesa Combined School giving it their best shot.

The school was among 12 Kimberley primary schools hosted by the Griqualand West Rugby Union Game Development Department at Vleissentraal Park in Kimberley on Saturday (12/05).

Out of the three games !Xunkhwesa played, the team beat Zingisa Primary by 7 – 0 in the Gr. 2 division and by 8 – 0 in the Gr. 3 division.

According to Alvero Baartman, community manager, the weekend’s programme accommodated up to 200 learners with the intention of involving them in rugby.

The programme was sponsored by Global Performer and the South African Rugby Union, which also provided ten weeks’ training before the festival, in an effort to upgrade the players’ skills.

A follow-up programme, the Contact Bok, will be held during the third term for Gr. 4, Gr. 5 and Gr. 6 learners.

Baartman said similar programmes were hosted in other regions, although they could not afford to engage up to 21 schools, as they had intended.

“We are thus looking at engaging other stakeholders and departments to grow the sport of rugby within the province,” Baartman said.

Gr. 2 and Gr. 3 learners took each other on in fun-filled activity, in which they were accompanied by their coach, educators and parents for inspiration.

As part of the festivities, the excited learners were treated to signing and photo sessions with Springbok Sevens player Oupa Mohoje, as well as T-shirts.

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