Hillwood’s sport breaks barriers

2019-06-18 06:01
Hillwood Primary School children took part in an all-inclusive soccer tournament.

Hillwood Primary School children took part in an all-inclusive soccer tournament.

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In an attempt to keep kids in school, Hillwood Primary School and Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation launched an all-inclusive sporting programme to keep learners occupied after examinations.

In light of the various sporting events taking place all around the world, the school sought to draw inspiration from a number of sports tournaments that have taken place internationally.

Recently the focus was on the UEFA Champions League final between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, which took place in Madrid, Spain, on Saturday 1 June, as well as the South African Women’s National Football team, Banyana Banyana, competing in the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Kyle Cupido, project manager at Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation, explained why they chose to host a soccer tournament for the children. “We decided to host a football tournament with the students of Hillwood Primary School, also as a segue to make sure the students attend school after the examinations with the anticipation of representing their class and winning the tournament for their grade.”

The programme was able to accommodate learners regardless of age or gender, showing them that opportunities are available to them regardless of any identifiers.

“We started with the Grade Rs and ended with the seniors of the school, which are the Grade 7s,” he said, further explaining that they tried to incorporate team spirit as much as possible into every aspect of the games.

“The classes were excited as they were given teams names of their favourite football teams,” Cupido continued. “We also made it an inclusive programme by mixing the boys and girls in one team. Each student of the winning grade received a certificate and had a chance to take a photo with a European Champions League replica trophy.”

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