New sport fa­cil­i­ties to im­prove learner’s health

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Agretnser&aclulture - More Mat­shediso

A WEST RAND school prin­ci­pal is happy that his learn­ers have been given a sport­ing chance to de­velop their ath­letic abil­i­ties.

Hav­ing recreation and sport fa­cil­i­ties at schools not only con­trib­ute to the over­all well­be­ing of learn­ers but also nur­tures their tal­ents out­side the class­room.

This is what Thaga Mankgaba, the prin­ci­pal of Set­lo­la­mathe Pri­mary School in Kag­iso in the West Rand, had to say af­ter the launch of sport fa­cil­i­ties at his school re­cently.

Set­lo­la­mathe is one of the two pri­mary schools in the West Rand that had new recreation and sport fa­cil­i­ties built on their premises through a part­ner­ship between the Gaut­eng De­part­ment of Sport, Arts, Cul­ture and Recreation; Rand West City; Mo­gale City and Sports Trust.

The fa­cil­i­ties boast soc­cer fields and net­ball, bas­ket­ball and ten­nis courts, among oth­ers.

“Some of our learn­ers are not gifted aca­dem­i­cally but they are pas­sion­ate about sport. These fa­cil­i­ties will help en­hance their per­for­mance,” he said.

Mankgaba added that the fa­cil­i­ties will not only ben­e­fit the school but the com­mu­nity of Kag­iso as a whole.

“Although pri­or­ity will be given to our learn­ers, com­mu­nity mem­bers can also ben­e­fit from these fa­cil­i­ties if granted per­mis­sion by the school gov­ern­ing body to play games on week­ends,” he said.

“We plead with com­mu­nity mem­bers to help the school safe­guard these fa­cil­i­ties and ev­ery­thing in our school be­cause this is im­por­tant for the fu­ture of our learn­ers and gen­er­a­tions to come. This is a good in­vest­ment, let us take care of it,” Mankgaba added.

An­other school that re­ceived sim­i­lar sport fa­cil­i­ties is Phan­dul­wazi Pri­mary in Mohlak­eng, also in the West Rand.

This brings to four the num­ber of fa­cil­i­ties opened within the West Rand since 2016 through the part­ner­ship. The other two were opened at Toekom­srus Sta­dium and Pha­hama High School in Mohlak­eng.

The Gaut­eng De­part­ment of Sport, Arts, Cul­ture and Recreation said the land­scape of Gaut­eng’s recreation and sport fa­cil­i­ties within the West Rand is im­prov­ing.

Through its mass par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­gramme, the de­part­ment said it wants to pro­mote healthy and ac­tive lifestyles in com­mu­ni­ties and at the same time work to­wards the trans­for­ma­tion of sport.

“We are on a drive to ad­dress the short­age of sport and recreation fa­cil­i­ties and en­sure that every­one, in­clud­ing pre­vi­ously dis­ad­van­taged com­mu­ni­ties, has ac­cess to well-equipped fa­cil­i­ties that sup­port a va­ri­ety of sport codes,” the de­part­ment said.

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