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"Let’s Play" celebrates 10 years

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Randburg, 5 November 2015 - With more than 450 schools having competed in the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge, this has become arguably the biggest schools fitness initiative ever. In celebration of its 10 year existence, SuperSport held a live broadcast of the national finals of the Let’s Play Physical Education Challenge, on Thursday 5 November 2015 at their Randburg studios.

The corporate social responsibility initiative was developed by SuperSport and various organisations, including UNICEF South Africa, in response to a National need of reinforcing physical education as part of the school curriculum and to promote physical activity in schools. Children have become alarmingly inactive and their lifestyles have been increasingly affected by inactivity, poor nutrition and the inability of heading outdoors for an afternoon of fun and activities.

The partnership initially launched in 2007, between UNICEF South Africa, the Department of Basic Education and SuperSport’s Let’s Play has already benefited thousands of learners. It has done so by utilising sport and play to teach invaluable life and leadership skills, to address social issues such as violence and to support children’s development both on and off the field of play.

The celebrations’ broadcast had in studio representatives from the various organisations that form part of the Let’s Play partnership, including the Honourable Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula and Let’s Play ambassadors, former Springboks captain Jean De Villiers and UFC fighter Garreth “SoldierBoy” McLellan.

“We have theorized about physical education and Let’s Play is putting it into practice, this is what I call private, public partnership”- Honourable Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula. Allowing kids the opportunity to play will further enrich their mindsets to perform well in their academic activities, he further added.

Speaking on behalf of UNICEF, Sports for Development Specialist, Lyle Jacobs said that Play was enshrined in the Convention of the Rights of the Child which South Africa is a signatory to.

After a round of obstacle courses from the final participating schools, Riverview Primary School in Worcester, Western Cape, was crowned as the winning school. The school will be getting a multipurpose sports court installed as their grand prize.





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