Soccer for legacy

2018-05-15 06:00
John Graham Primary School in Plumstead continues to celebrate their 100th annivesary.

John Graham Primary School in Plumstead continues to celebrate their 100th annivesary.

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Soccer is not just a sport at John Graham Primary School in Plumstead – it is a tool that allows the school to carry on its legacy and empower learners to do more.

The original building of this school was opened on Wednesday 17 April 1918, the second Wednesday of the second term, and was named after the chairperson of the Cape School Board, Sir John Graham, who officially opened the school.

For many years the school has played a role in shaping the future of successful soccer players, and as part of their 100th anniversary celebrations they are embracing what they do best and will host a tournament for their talented learners in August.

However, this is not just a tournament but also a fundraising event to help them achieve their objectives as a school.

The community is urged to come out in their numbers to support the celebrations and make small monetary contributions through donations, sponsorships and purchases from food stalls.

Meanwhile attendees will be kept entertained by the 17 junior school teams and eight senior teams made up of parents and staff members competing against one another under futsal rules.

Pagiel Chetty says: “Our school has in the past boasted a few talented soccer players who have gone on to represent Bafana Banana such as Shuaib Walters and Bevan Fransman. We have yet again realised that our school has many other talented young players. And the idea of this tournament is to showcase that talent and to provide an opportunity for all our kids to play, especially seeing that the drought has affected school sports very negatively. This tournament, which will be played using futsal rules and on our tennis courts, gives the kids an opportunity to play and will not be played on any grass field that has been negatively affected by the drought.”

Their celebrations commenced on Wednesday 18 April and will continue throughout the year. Events will include a gala dinner and a golf day to bring the community together and share their legacy with everyone.

“We think our celebrations should be shared with others, because 100 years for an educational institution is by no means a small feat.”

Chetty explains that there has been some change in plans with this tournament since their last announcement. They previously invited local teams to join them and the event was going to be held on Lansdowne Fives fields (“100th year celebrations,” People’s Post, 1 May).

“Due to unforeseen circumstances we will only have a junior tournament for our own learners and the senior tournament for our own parents and our staff. Because of this, the venue has also changed and we will now have it at our school and will make use of the facilities on our property,” he says.

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