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Springs school receives top sports facilities!



At a ceremony held in Springs today, SuperSport and the Sports Trust handed over a multi-purpose sport court facility to the winners of the 2017 Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge, Jan Van Riebeeck Laerskool.

SuperSport, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, Sport and Recreation South Africa, the Sports Trust and UNICEF SA, launched the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge in 2015, with the primary objective to reinforce the instruction of curriculum-oriented Physical Education and to promote physical activity in all primary schools.

In what is arguably one of the biggest school’s fitness programmes in South Africa, the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge, aimed at Grade 4’s and 6’s, engaged with more than 1.6 million learners in 1 650 primary schools across all nine provinces in the past 3 years.

The school adjudged to be the fittest primary school in the country participating in the Challenge in 2017, was Jan Van Riebeeck Laerskool. As the winning school, they won the grand prize of a R1.4 million multi-purpose sport court, courtesy of The Sports Trust. The court has already been installed at the school.

SuperSport, which has a strong sporting influence within the South African market, identified that there are huge issues severely inhibiting the development of children through skills learned by playing, physical education and sport – all of which are imperative to the holistic development of children

“Children are faced with many negative influences due to a lack of social engagement and opportunities for play. This sports facility can make a significant difference in lifestyle and behaviour change and provide both hope and purpose to the children of this community,” said Vaughn Bishop, Head of Let’s Play.

“We believe that this is a meaningful way to get schools involved in physical activity, particularly as government has highlighted the need for children to become more active. Kids needn’t be superstars; the challenge is designed to accommodate everyone at primary school level.”

The multi-purpose sport court makes provision for five sporting codes, including five-a-side soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball and tennis in a bid to drive the development of sports and healthy activities in and around the surrounding communities.

Anita Mathews, Executive Director of The Sports Trust, said: “We are proud to partner with this initiative that has touched the lives of so many learners and educators, giving them the opportunity to participate in this national competition. We congratulate this year’s winners and hope that they will enjoy playing five sports on one court, using this state-of-the-art multi-purpose sport court.

"We thank our partner, SportsClub, from The Foschini Group, for partnering with us on this project. This facility can be used night and day for 365 days a year and has a 20-year lifespan, is low maintenance, eco-friendly and has zero waste. We encourage the school to look after this facility and share it with neighbouring schools making it the sports ‘hub’ in your area where you can continue enhance education through sport.

“It is truly an honour to be involved with such an initiative that seeks to grow and build our country through educating children about the importance of being active and healthy. At Steers we recognise that this is an incredible opportunity to give children the necessary tools to play and exercise. After all, a healthy body builds a health mind,” said Adolf Fourie, Marketing Executive for Steers.

“The learners from our school perform moderately well academically and the school has a well-driven sport and cultural program. Sports participation includes netball, soccer, rugby, cricket, athletics and cross-country. Our trophy cabinet boasts of accolades in most of these activities. Winning the 2017 Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge was truly the cherry on top of a very successful year for our learners’’, said the school principal, Mr Herman Flemming.

This year’s Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge will engage with more than 500 Primary schools, increasing the participation to that of last year.

Schools are invited to enter by calling one of the following two numbers: 011 849 7411 or 079 529 8862 (all hours).

Schools may also email physedchallenge@activeeducation.co.za



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