EC Top Schools battle for championships
The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) commemorated the National Women’s Day by hosting a provincial sports tournament in East London on Saturday, 9 August 2014.
The tournament was a golden opportunity for the learners who participated, because tournaments of this nature are also used by established sporting bodies to scout for talent. Learners therefore stood a chance to strengthen their chances of getting careers in sport. Moreover, participating teams stood a chance of representing the Eastern Cape at the Nationals, which are going to be held in Pretoria at the end of the year.
The ECDoE has been working hard to promote sport in schools, because it is a very important component of teaching and learning. This programme begins from primary school level and learners are encouraged to participate in sport from a very early age.
Education has introduced such a tournament to encourage learners to take part in sport and concentrate on more positive things in life. Sports tournaments are also part of programmes that reduce leaner pregnancy in schools.
The tournament comprised of the top schools from the six mega Districts of the province, namely, Amathole District, Alfred Nzo District, Cacadu District, Chris Hani District, Joe Gqabi and OR Tambo District. The schools competed in table tennis, football and netball. The tournament was held in different venues around East London, among which were the Buffalo City Stadium, Baseville Technical School and the Gompo Sports fields.
The tournament was also indicative of the strength and effectiveness of Inter-Governmental Relation (IGR). The ECDoE worked hand in hand with the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) to put this tournament together. This was evidence that Government Departments can achieve more if there would be integration of programs where there are similar structures in different Departments.
The top schools that made it to the tournament are those that have been top achievers from their districts. Each District municipality was allowed to be represented by two boys’ teams and two girls’ teams in each of the three codes. There was an under 13 team and an under 17 team.
There was an air of excitement from all the players at all the different venues, as all participants were enthusiastic and eager to win the tournament.
OR Tambo District took victory over football. Guqaza Primary School won the under 13 boys’ soccer and under 13 girls soccer, Zimele Senior Secondary School (SSS) won the under 17 boys.
The under 17 girl’s football was won by the Lingelihle SSS from Chris Hani. The Cacadu District won the netball merit with Amathole district winning the netball development. Individual players were selected from the various districts to represent the Eastern Cape at the Nationals for table tennis.
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