Football Tour 2016

The WSPS Football Tour to Gauteng and Limpopo this year highlighted once again the benefits of touring to develop our players, and that the standard of our play is competitive at national festivals. Our u11 and u13 squads (30 players in all) experienced an exciting travel schedule, with the boys having to negotiate early morning flights, the peak hour Gautrain experience, and bus trips to Northridge Primary (Pretoria East) for a practice, lunch and warm-up matches. Having arrived  in Pretoria ahead of schedule on Thursday, we even had time for an interesting history lesson at the Union Buildings. After a relaxing night at the Southern Sun Stay Easy in Central Pretoria on Thursdaynight,  our boys met up with our Highway neighbours, Highbury and headed by luxury bus into the heart of the Dinokeng Nature Reserve in Limpopo where Camp Discovery provided the venue for the national football festival.for one night before heading to Limpopo.

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Under the expert guidance of Mr Y Pillay, Mr R Schuit and Miss T Rencken, our boys had an incredible experience. Apart from the excellent football, they were treated to a game drive, air rifle shooting, archery and a number of team building activities. We even managed to beat over 25 other schools at the War-Cry competition at the evening Pool Party. Our u13 team played 9 matches and only lost one of them 0-1 (to the eventual tournament winners). Due to the points system and goal difference, they were eventually placed 9th out of 20 teams. Our u11 boys played 7 tough matches, playing some attractive, passing football along the way to make it to the festival final. After a tough match, they lost 0-1 and brought home silver medals. This is an incredible achievement by our juniors as the level of competition was very strong. Our boys were excellent ambassadors for the school, playing hard and sportsmanlike matches and displaying exemplary manners and behaviour off the field, bring great credit to themselves, their families and their school.

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Such tours would not be possible without extensive fundraising and the support of sponsors. Squad selection took place in September of 2015 and the fundraising efforts started immediately. Thanks are extended to Miss Rencken for her efficient administration work with the many fundraising events, which included a Movie Night, Westville Mall fundraiser and a Grand Raffle. The build-up culminated in a send-off dinner at the Grand Canyon Spur in Pinetown. Thank you to Mr Nolan Southey of Spur for his support during our fundraising efforts. Special thanks to Mr Schuit for his expert guidance of our 1st team, and to Mr Pillay for his development of the u11 team and his exceptional management of the entire tour.

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