Sport brings hope and unity, which the Absa Wildeklawer Sport tournament displayed this past weekend.
The Absa Wildeklawer Sport tournament came to an end on Monday. A week of excitement is over in the blink of an eye. Months of planning, practice and determination of players paid off.
Absa became involved in this world-class tournament this year and so did the Motshepe Foundation, which made it possible for football to be added to the schools’ netball and rugby offerings.
Louis de Kock, managing director of Wildeklawer, says the tournament produced incredibly good sports. “I was very surprised that our schools could produce such excellent sport. The tournament is about excellence and I think we succeeded. We could see that our children are doing well, our schools are doing well and sport is healthy.”
Extension to football
De Kock says the expansion to football has brought added value to the tournament. “The Motsepe Foundation has made it possible for us to add football, which is one of the main sports in South Africa. “We are very excited that the foundation confirmed that football participation should double next year.”
De Kock says Absa’s contribution made it possible for the tournament to expand and this year was the biggest tournament yet. “With the extra funds, the standard and excellence could only improve.”
Thousands of people visit tournament
The economic injection for Kimberley was enormous, with guest houses being fully booked and residents making their homes available. Accommodation was also obtained right around Kimberley, as far as Boshof and Douglas. Diamantveld High School, Newton Primary and Boys’ High, as hosts, surpassed itself with stalls, entertainment, the Pom Pom girls’ performances and then also a VIP tent from Absa.
More than 8000 people passed through the gates each day, with a total of 10 200 pizzas, 2500 sausages, 1500 sausage rolls, 3900 coffees, 4700 burgers, 3200 chip sticks, 3900 ham and cheese sandwiches and 22 000 soft drinks being sold.
The ambassadors for the tournament were Victor Matfield and Dumisani Chauke, with scouts such as Marius Schoeman, SA 7’s high performance manager and Sticks Ngcobo, SA academy coach, attending as well.
Stonie Steenkamp, Absa managing director: regional coverage, Central South Africa, says that this tournament not only gives hope to pupils, but also to our country. “The adults who attended the tournament experienced this hope, together with the learners. That is why it is so important for Absa to be part from a community point of view. “
Pupils involved in social media platforms
Jana Grobbelaar, media manager of the tournament, says the website has had its most visits ever, with the 100,000 mark crossed. “This year we have added extra platforms, such as TikTok, Instagram, LinkedIn and then of course Facebook. We wanted to involve the students this year and got it right by using other platforms. The TikTok and Instagram accounts gained more than 1,000 followers within a week, with videos viewed over 22,000 times. It was nice to see schools get involved. It was a huge success.”
Sport expresses passion for sport
Cassie Carstens, tournament manager, says he thanks Absa, Wildeklawer, every school, student, employee and colleague for the hard work. “We are grateful for everyone’s positive feedback and we look forward to seeing you with us again next year. The feedback I received from the schools was incredibly positive. The tournament came at just the right time so that the students could experience the passion of the sport again. It was contagious. The Motsepe Foundation’s coaches told how the students forged new friendships off the field. Covid definitely had an impact on the fact that the pupils enthusiastically participated in sports and expressed their desire for sports. “
“Furthermore, I want to thank the media, it’s the best exposure the tournament has ever had, thank you to Dottry Media and FiND iT. The broadcasts of Super Sport Schools were a big plus. The calls I received from people outside Kimberley said it felt like everyone from all over the country was part of the tournament. This is attributed to the media that gave minute-by-minute exposure and the broadcasts by Super Sport Schools.”
The player of the tournament, Janeil Losper, from Paarl Gym receives a R50 000 gift voucher from We Buy Cars to sell his first vehicle. Renezia Andrews, from Paarl Girls’ High, was the netball player of the tournament.
The sponsors who contributed to the success of the tournament, includes Absa, Wildeklawer, Vermeulens, Starke Ayres, Kynoch, Agrico, Ricoh – Docuware, MH Office, Nugen, Gilbert, Ramble, Beefmaster, Bevco, XCO, Motsepe Foundation, Mercedes – New Vaal, Sol Plaatje Munisipaliteit, Northern Cape Tourism Authority, Cell C and Huawei.
If you would like to be added to the email list to be notified of next year’s tournament, leave your email address here.
The date for next year is April 28 – May 1, 2023. See you there!
* Issued by Dottry Media (Pty) Ltd – Jana Grobbelaar – firstname.lastname@example.org