Two schools receive new courts
Sumayya Khan, Chief Operating Officer at SRSA recently cut the ribbon at a handover ceremony during which two brand new artificial surface sports courts were opened at schools in the Refilwe community near Pretoria.
Chokoe Primary School and Sedibeng Primary School became the proud owners of the bright blue courts that were sponsored by the Petra Diamonds Cullinan.
More than two thousand school children at the two schools will potentially benefit from the sports courts.
“Our learners are now able to participate in extra-curricular activities within a safe environment and as a result there has already been a great increase in the performance of our learners in soccer, netball and volleyball,” said Mr Makola Principal of Chokoe Primary School.
Ms Khan added during her speech that sport was one of the bedrocks of community development in South Africa, and that 'a child in sport is a child out of court'.
"The National Department of Sport and Recreation take’s this opportunity to applaud those corporations that go out of their way in bridging the facilities gap gashed by the previous discriminatory regime. We give praise to all Sport Trust partners who continue to implement these multipurpose sports courts in our local schools and communities. This investment is in support of our mandate of encouraging healthy lifestyles with the objective of getting our learners physically active in schools and within our communities. We hope that these multipurpose sports courts remain accessible to all learners including those from adjacent schools and are utilised by all. The provision of such facilities will assist in increasing our access for talent identification and sport development through social interaction and cohesion. My appeal, to all stakeholders, let’s look after these facilities and ensure that we protect them against vandalism and malicious damages so that our future sports stars can be nurtured in a safe environment. I wish to once more thank our partners and donors who continue to help us in our quest to “bridge the gap” that was left by the legacy of apartheid. "