Over 2 600 learner from across the Free State will this month co1mpete in the provincial sport and recreational finals in such codes as netball, chess and volleyball.
Learners who went through rigorous training to win in their respective districts will compete against each other at the provincial finals for the honour of representing Free State at national level.
“Learners who went through to the finals stretched their abilities, talent and showed incredible desire and discipline to reach this level,” says Free State Education MEC, Tate Makgoe, in a statement released by the department’s spokesperson, Howard Ndaba.
Makgoe encouraged more learners to participate in sports, as this is beneficial for improving their physical and mental vitality. It has been proven that learners who perform well in sports tend to perform better academically.
He appealed to parents and society in general to support school sports to make them fashionable all over again. This would mean increased participation, keeping learners away from streets thus combating social ills.
“Sport prepares learners to be team players as well as individual leaders,” said Makgoe.
The provincial netball finals kicked off from 08 to 09 June in Bloemfontein while the chess finals will be staged in Thaba Nchu from the 15 to the 16 June. The volleyball competition will be on the 16th June at Platteberg School in Harrismith.