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Sporting programme in full swing

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Nomathemba Khusela (left) of the Tsoseletso High School and Mantwa Sepalo of the Bainsvlei Combined School tussle for the ball while Refiloe van Wyk looks on. This league fixture, in which the latter school won by 11 – 9, was staged on Wednesday (11/05). Photo: Teboho Setena
Nomathemba Khusela (left) of the Tsoseletso High School and Mantwa Sepalo of the Bainsvlei Combined School tussle for the ball while Refiloe van Wyk looks on. This league fixture, in which the latter school won by 11 – 9, was staged on Wednesday (11/05). Photo: Teboho Setena

The School Sports League, a festival featuring multiple sporting codes, is returning after a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Spearheaded by the Department of Basic Education, this flagship sporting programme sees primary and high school learners from across the country competing in football, netball, volleyball and softball.

Games take place on Wednesdays.

Tate Makgoe, MEC for Education, launched the Free State stream of the league in Harrismith on 5 May. The final matches are scheduled to be played on 23 September.

This programme is a core part of the development of sport in schools. It not onlymakes provision for the participation of multitudes of learners across South Africa, but also functions as a talent hunting ground for scouts.

According to Makgoe, the provincial department utilises this programme to encourage learner participation in extra and co-curricular activities.

“The aim of this league is to eliminate social ills that hinder the delivery of quality education in schools, identify learners’ talent and expose them to sports-related careers.”

For this year’s edition, the provincial department of education is targeting 550 schools across the country.

Teams compete home and away, with those finishing in top positions qualifying for the finals.

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