The National Department of Sports and Recreation South Africa in conjunction with The Sports Trust is able to continue to deliver on its vision whilst using sport as a vehicle through which to address issues of transformation of sport as well as national awareness of health, education and social development
Reitumetse Secondary School, is located in Soshanguve, Tshwane, and was established in 1985, and in 2002 obtained the status of Dinaledi Schools (prioritised Maths and Science schools) from the Department of Science and Technology, and currently have a total of 1176 learners.
They are the recipients of this state of the art sport court are will share this facility with the surrounding schools, and the local community. Sports currently being played at this school include netball, soccer, volley-ball, athletics and cricket. Their learners have achieved accolades in sport reaching provincial level in the 2014/15 year for netball and were foundation champions. In Volleyball their U/19 team were regional league winners in 2014. Their athletics team compete at provincial level and their cricket teams play in the domestic leagues. Their mission is to develop their learner’s potential so that they can grow as adults, contribute to society and be pro-active in an ever changing world.
The multipurpose sport court has a twenty year lifespan, fifteen year warranty and made up of interlocking tiles, that provide lateral forgiveness and minimal impact on the joints of the players. It has also been audited and verified as “Zero Waste” and environmentally friendly, which is in line with the Sports Trust’s ‘green’ policy of helping to protect the environment. This will benefit the surrounding schools, clubs and local community, and encourages participation by abled and disabled players. The codes of sport played on this court include: 5 a side soccer (futsal), netball, basketball, tennis and volleyball.
An integral part of this sustainable project is to ensure that the educators are well equipped with the necessary sports coaching skills, which will empower them to continue improve their skills and training methods to become more effective, and ultimately achieve better performance from their school going players. They also require the support of the local sports structures in the area, to provide more coaching clinics and workshops for sport.
Commenting on the initiative, Jackie Mathebula, Chairman, The Sports Trust added: ‘It is our mandate to increase and create opportunities for all disadvantaged South Africans to participate in sport through the provision of kit, equipment and facilities. It gives us great pleasure to work with Sport and Recreation South Africa in implementing this multipurpose court for the local schools, so that we can continue to enhance education through sport.