By Quintin van Jaarsveld
The South Coast were transformed into a schools sports mecca as Margate Sports School hosted its popular annual sports week.
Approximately 1 800 learners from as far as Gauteng, Bloemfontein and the Eastern Cape – along with local learners – converged on the South Coast over the Easter holidays for Margate Sports School’s rugby, netball and hockey festival, which consisted of friendly matches and coaching sessions.
Rugby matches were contested at Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds in Uvongo while the netball and hockey festivities took place at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre in Gamalakhe.
Provincial players and coaches assisted during training sessions, among those being former Proteas netball coach Louise du Plessis, who worked hand in hand with local coach Rita van der Spuy and her assistants.
Local coach Lindy Horlock and Free State-based Braam van Wyk, who has coaching experience at national and provincial level, headed the hockey department and leaned on local helpers and students from the University of the Free State.
The rugby department was run by Theo Swan from the North West, Free State referee Albert Mocke and local player/coach Juan van den Berg and their assistants.
Wilton Mtshali managed Under-18 and Under-13 local development teams, who performed well on the field.
The previous week, Margate Sports School hosted Hatfield Christian College, who played hockey and soccer matches against Southcity Christian College, Gamalakhe, Suid-Natal High School and Port Shepstone High School.
“The two weeks were thoroughly enjoyed by the kids and were a big success. Hundreds of parents also came down to support their children, so it wasn’t just a fun period of sports activities but also a financial boost for the South Coast,” said Grace Fourie from Margate Sports School.
Fourie added that the school will, for the second successive year, play host to teams from across the country who will participate in the South African Schools Interprovincial All Ages Netball tournament at the Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre from 30 June to 4 July.