Children prepare to be rugby stars

MC Scheepers displays his talent in the rugby field. PHOTO: Ron Sibiya

More than 200 pupils of various primary schools around Pretoria converged at Hoërkool Silverton on Saturday to participate in the Laerskool Die Krans Bulletjie Rugby Day.

The schools that took part in the event were Laerskool Die Krans, Laerskool Bakenkop, Laerskool du Preez van Wyk, Sagewood Primary School and Laerskool Pretoria Oos.

The rugby day event, which was taking placing for the very first time and planned to be an annual occasion, provided children from age 5 to 8 with an opportunity to develop their kills in playing rugby.

“This event has no winner. It is aimed at developing the love for rugby among young stars – teaching them basic skills to play,” one of the event organisers, Hendrik Botha, said.

Botha said the event which was part of the Bulls Rugby Union’s scheduled programme had been organised by mostly parents and teachers who wanted to see children having opportunity to play and develop their skills.

The principal of Laerskool Die Krans, Janetta van Niekerk, said Laerskool Die Krans was 11 years old and sports was an important part of their curriculum.

“Everything you need to be a balance person, you can learn through sports,” she said.

She said sports teaches one to be discipline, respect and working together with others as a team.

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Ron Sibiya
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