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Sasfin, Stratastute fuel rugby passion at Missionvale's Normoyle Primary School

Oct 31, 2019
Sasfin, Stratastute fuel rugby passion at Missionvale's Normoyle Primary School

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where there was once only despair.” – Nelson Mandela.

Port Elizabeth - The Sasfin-sponsored Young Collegians Rugby Club and StratAstute Consulting have partnered with the Missionvale Care Centre to bring the 2019 Rugby World Cup spirit to pupils at the Normoyle Primary School.

The event takes place in Missionvale on Thursday 31 October from 1pm to ignite the rugby passion in pupils after a hard day of tests and exams.

With just two days to go before the highly anticipated duel between the Springboks and England, the community school’s 256 pupils will be taken beyond the classroom, during an afternoon of action-packed fun and learning, to discover and kick their sporting talent into touch. 

An interactive and practical coaching session will be followed by an hour of rugby games in the seven-aside format. The games will be played on the humble school lawns, effectively giving the participating school pupils home advantage over the Young Collegians team. 

There are currently no formal sports facilities within the Missionvale Care Centre.

The Sasfin-StratAstute-Missionvale collaboration aims to stimulate funding and sponsorships, from SME’s and private donors in the Nelson Mandela Bay, for developing the school’s sporting facilities.

Thursday’s event kick-offs this intent. The Grade R to 7 pupils will also hear about principles of good sportsmanship, the role of leadership and the winning influence of a positive mindset  from the players and sponsors, thereby actively contributing to the school’s integrated teaching philosophy of Head (academic), Heart (character and moral values) and Hands (skills, physical education, schools, arts and culture).

A conversation around neurodiversity will be positioned to encourage a greater sense of inclusion of the pupils in the two remedial classes. The donor-funded Normoyle School has a proud pass rate record of 95% as well as an undefeated under-9 rugby team.

In addition to its academic and sporting performance, the school has proven its strategic thinking talent, having been crowed the Northern Areas Chess League Champions for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2018.

Linda van Oudheusden, Marketing Manager at the Missionvale Care Centre welcomed the opportunity to host the Sasfin-Young Collegians team, saying, “We are deeply appreciative of this gesture. Sport is such a great learning tool and is a wonderful encourager for life.

"It is these types of initiatives and goodwill that inspire a ‘can-do’ spirit in our pupils which goes a long way to stretch their imagination beyond the day-to-day realities. With perseverance and sustained effort, we may even identify and groom the next Siya Kolisi right here at our school!” 

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