Top sports schools meet again in Kimberley

Which of the top 85 schools in South Africa will celebrate their excellence triumphantly at this years’ Absa Wildeklawer Sport Tournament?

Indications of school rugby, netball and soccer matches that have taken place after the pandemic in South Africa are a good barometer of what can be expected at this world-class sports tournament.

Fans are starving for top-shelf school sports and the players are ready to play their hearts out to deliver only the best performances.

Cassie Carstens, operations manager of the tournament, says this sports tournament, which is the largest school sports tournament in Africa, will host 182 teams from 85 schools this year.

The tournament, which is being hosted in Kimberley in the Northern Cape, will bring a huge economic boost to the province.

“Absa has acquired the naming rights for this tournament and we are very excited to have Absa on board again this year. Wildeklawer is proud to be associated with Absa.”

Carstens says after two years of absence due to Covid-19, which led to huge disappointment for parents, players, coaches and officials, the tournament is back – and it’s going to be better than ever.

“This year, for the first time, we also added a soccer tournament to the rugby and netball tournaments. As one of our national sports, we look forward to exposure at this level for players who are privileged to play here. “Soccer will play a bigger role in the tournament in the future”.

A total of 4239 participants and officials will visit the Northern Cape from all provinces during this period.

Guest houses, hotels and overnight accommodation have already been fully booked. Fans and parents will need to book accommodation as far as Warrenton, Windsorton, Douglas, Christiana and nearby towns.

“The Absa Wildeklawer Sport and Sol Plaatje University will conduct an economic impact study regarding the economic injection in Kimberley and the Northern Cape during the tournament,” says Carstens.

The Absa Wildeklawer Sports Tournament takes place in four sections:

  1. The Primary School Tournament from April 24-27, 2022, at Newton Primary School. This includes the u/13 invitational tournament. (Invited teams from the Northern Cape.)
  2. The u/19 rugby and netball invitational tournament takes place from Thursday, 28 April, to Saturday, 30 April, at Diamantveld High School. These teams will arrive on April 27.
  3. The senior tournament, which includes u/19 rugby and netball, as well as u/14, u/15 and u/16, kicks off from Friday, 29 April, to Monday, 2 May, at Diamantveld High School.
  4. The u/19 soccer tournament takes place on Saturday, 30 April and Monday, 2 May, at Kimberley Boys’ High. The teams arrive April 29.

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