On Saturday Komani was a hive of activity when Maria Louw High School hosted its sports day when it invited schools from inside and outside Komani.
Nine schools participated to thrash it out over three sporting codes – soccer, rugby and netball. Visiting schools from out of Komani were Briedbach Secondary School and St Christopher’s Private School. both from King William’s Town and Tarkastad High School.
Komani schools which were in the mix were Get Ahead Projects and Royal Capital and from Mlungisi Kwakomani Comprehensive, Levuyo Lerumo and John Noah High Schools.
The games were played at Thobi Kula Indoor Sport Centre and the Gali Thembani Special School sports grounds. All the schools fielded U19 teams in soccer, rugby and netball while Maria Louw and Breidbach also played a teaser U14 rugby game.
Thembekile Fani, who is the sports master at Maria Louw, said the event had been growing year on year since its inception in 2017. He said they had started the initiative to grow sport in ‘black’ schools that were still lagging behind.
He also said they hoped local stakeholders would come on board to help sponsor the yearly event. “We are hoping that, as the event grows, the different schools that are participating will also host the event in the years to come.
“There is keen interest from our pupils who came to support the event. It would also be encouraging to the participants if we could get local partners to fund this event so that winners can take something home as an encouragement,” said Fani.
He went on to say that there could have been better numbers but the recent passing of a student at Maria Louw had created a sombre feeling with some students attending his funeral on the Saturday.
As part of building of the project Maria Louw will visit Breidbach and Tarkastad later in the year.