Saru Kings and NMMU students promote sport at Van Der Kemp

2015-09-16 06:00
Kings Academy players Somila Jho (left, red shirt) and Mabutana Peter (right) join a group of Van Der Kemp Primary pupils after handing out rugby balls as part of the NMMU PasSPORT to Health project.
               Photo: BIANCA ROBERTS

Kings Academy players Somila Jho (left, red shirt) and Mabutana Peter (right) join a group of Van Der Kemp Primary pupils after handing out rugby balls as part of the NMMU PasSPORT to Health project. Photo: BIANCA ROBERTS

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MEMBERS of Saru Kings Academy collided with a group of third-year NMMU Human Movement Science (HMS) students, to promote physical activity and sport at Van Der Kemp Primary School in Bethelsdorp last week (September 7).

This was part of NMMU’s PasSPORT to Health Project, which has been running since 2010, in which the students are challenged to raise money and create a physical activity friendly environment at the school.

“The aim is to improve the sports and physical activities available for the pupils,” Prof Walter said.

“So the students go in to do a needs analysis, share ideas with teachers, plan an intervention and then manage the project. It’s a programme about putting the theory into practice and dealing the community on a practical basis.

“Many of our schools are suffering from poor infrastructure, often with few or no facilities for the children to enjoy. This is a project to create something in the schools which promotes physical activity and to encourage schools to offer some form of physical education.

“The feedback we have had has been fantastic. Once the children had been exposed to some of the games on offer, the teachers said they had difficulty getting them back into the classroom.”

The Kings Academy members donated signed rugby balls to the Van Der Kemp scholars

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