Kroonvale Primary School wins sports court in Let’s Play Challenge

News: South Africa

Kroonvale Primary School in Graaff Reinet today officially opened the gates to a brand new state-of-the-art, multi-purpose sports court which will enable them to take part in five different sporting codes; basketball, volleyball, netball, five-a-side soccer and tennis.

Kroonvale Primary School wins sports court in Let’s Play Challenge

The R1.7 million sports court, a donation by The Sports Trust, is the school’s reward for being the fittest primary school in the country after winning the 2018 SuperSport Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge.

The SuperSport Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge is the country’s biggest fitness programme run at primary schools across the country which seeks to reinforce the instruction of curriculum-orientated Physical Education and promote physical activity.  

SuperSport, in partnership with the Departments of Basic Education, Sport and Recreation South Africa, The Sports Trust, Hitachi Construction Machinery South Africa and UNICEF SA, impacts over 350 000 learners in more than 400 primary schools across the country each year through the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge.

“Research continues to indicate that modern lifestyle has drastically reduced the amount of time children spend engaging in physical activity that is required to maintain healthy growth and development. Let’s Play’s primary objective is to curb this trend from reaching crisis levels in South Africa. The Physical Education Challenge continues to drive a change in this alarming trend and sporting facilities like this will get children and the community at large eager to participate in sports activity,” said MultiChoice’s Corporate Affairs Group Executive, Jabavu Heshu.    

“The positive influence of sports on our nation is well documented and sporting excellency has become part of our social fabric. By ensuring that communities like Graaff Reinet have access to sporting facilities like this one, we’re developing the country’s next sporting heroes that will continue to fly the South African flag high o in various sporting codes around the world.” 

A delighted Kroonvale Primary principal, Mr Winston Hector, had nothing but praise for the Let’s Play programme. 

“I want to thank Let’s Play, The Sports Trust and all programme partners for coming up with such an exciting initiative that gives our children the chance at a brighter future through sports participation, and for choosing our school participate in the challenge. This facility is not just for Kroonvale Primary but for the entire community of Graaff-Reniet. In a community like ours, with not a lot going on to keep our youth active and out of the streets, this facility is a beacon of hope.”

“Today, as we celebrate Nelson Mandela’s birthday, The Sports Trust is proud to be part of this programme, acting on the belief that each person has the power to change the world.  This is certainly true,  as this competition has touched the lives of so many children, both abled and disabled.  It ensures that together we are able to nurture, develop and transform our youth while continuing to enhance education through sport.” said Anita Mathews, Executive Director of The Sports Trust.

With drought being a serious issue in the Graaff Reinet area, SuperSport has also installed a rain-water harvesting system at the school to alleviate sanitation problems when water supply is low as part of the company’s Mandela Day activities.

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