The once popular concept of schools’ sport on Wednesdays makes a comeback following the launch of the Magnificent Wednesdays School Sports League. This programme is notable for the mass participation of a multitude of learners in different sports codes. The Free State MEC of Education, Tate Makgoe, got the ball rolling launching the action-packed programme in Botshabelo on Wednesday (04/03). The league will be played in all the five districts of the province, starting from circuit level to municipalities. Teams of 1 165 schools in the province will compete in at least three sporting codes, football, netball and softball. The league programme is expected to see no less than 5 533 learners in action showcasing their talents. The district winners will compete in the provincial finals set to be played in September. This sporting initiative seeks to eliminate social ills that hinder teaching and learning in schools and communities. Issues of great concern include violence and substance abuse. While it will instill a culture of a healthy lifestyle, Makgoe believes that through the league, learners’ talents will be identified and exposed as well as nurtured. “Learners who participate in sports are fitter, healthier and more confident, which will result in better life choices,” he said.