A dream in reality

2018-12-11 06:00
Ukhanyo Primary School soccer team.

Ukhanyo Primary School soccer team.

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Ukhanyo Primary School (UPS) in Masiphumelele launched its sports court on Tuesday 4 December­.

The new 40m x 20m court was sponsored by Let’s Play, Builder’s Warehouse and Hitachi.

Ukhanyo is the only primary school in the area and managers of the school are grateful that the court will not only help the learners but also serve the communit­y.

Principal Michael Tyhali says the sports court will really change the behaviour of their learners. “Our learners had to go out to other areas like Long Beach Mall [and] Simon’s Town, just to get a safe place to play. We are grateful for everyone that came together and made this possible for us.

“There has been talk about the sports field and I never thought that will happen within my time at this school. I’m glad that the learners will have a safe place to play and they will also have time to do their homework. They were leaving early because they had to go to other areas but now they can stay and do their work and they come out of their classes and walk into their own court.”

The driver behind the project was the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club which launched a drive to raise additional funds required for the long-term sustainability of this initiative­.

The target is 750 members, and by November 150 had joined the club. The sports court project was launched in August 2017 at Ukhanyo Primary.

“As a community project in its broadest sense, we have worked in close partnership with a number of like-minded sporting NGOs in the Western Cape, namely Coolplay, Sporting Chance, Goodsport and Vuza, as well as national sports federations and twinning schools, Fish Hoek and Sun Valley primary schools. The 750 Club and Masicorp built three state-of-the-art artificial-surfaced cricket nets at UPS,” says Milli Firth, managing director at Masicorp.

She says this is indeed a dream come true.

“We have had this vision for a very long time and to see it finally happen is really a dream come true. A lot of people worked hard to ensure this happens for our children and we are really glad that they now have a safe space. We really longed for this for days and finally it is here,” she says.

Sponsors took to the podium one after the other, saying what it meant for them to be part of this project and how they felt it important to bring the facility to the school.

Councillor Simon Liell-Cock applauded the MCC Masi 750 Sports Club and the work being done by Masicorp. “Masi grew from nothing and you’ve done a wonderful job.

“It is true that the only thing that gives meaning is serving others. Somebody had a vision but without making it happen, it remains a vision­.

“I’m happy that someone worked on that vision and today our children have their own field.”

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