by Nicole Visser

Healthy building blocks

Corporate SA is encouraged to adopt a school

Healthy building blocks
Corporate SA is encouraged to adopt a school

The event is a unique multi-sport festival for businesses of every size and kind. It attracts thousands of competitors from various organisations to build team spirit, enhance health and fitness, and create enthusiasm and togetherness at every level.    

Open to all organisations and businesses, teams include employees, colleagues, other company members, clients, suppliers, retirees, family and friends. For 25 years the event has placed unlimited opportunities within everyone’s reach around the globe. The first World Corporate Games was held in San Francisco in 1988 and over 170 events have been staged around the world in five continents since then.

They were meant to be open equally in every respect to women and men. They would also be the first to integrate participants with disabilities. 

The event supports hundreds of charities across a number of worthy causes around the world.

The local organisers, 3rd South Africa, announced that their official charity partner for this year is the tag rugby ‘adopt a school’ programme. This is because they share the same values for sport as the festival does. The festival allows companies to support their employees’ pursuit of a healthier and more active lifestyle and provide the opportunity for anyone, regardless of their sporting ability, to play in a multi-sport competition and remain active in sport. 

The Tag Rugby Association’s Stuart McConnell said the association was excited about its involvement in the event. 

“Having the support of the event allows them to provide Siyabulela Primary School in Langa with tag rugby equipment, training and exposure to sport through the ‘adopt a school’ programme". 

"The inclusion of adult tag rugby as a sport in the event itself allows for the opportunity to grow tag rugby within the corporate environment all over South Africa, as the game is fast, fun, safe and extremely enjoyable for all involved regardless of skill levels,” McConnell said.

He said the aim was to promote an active lifestyle for learners and members of society who wanted to pursue an active lifestyle by playing a safe, non-contact sport.

As part of the partnership, a series of initiatives and activities will be held to raise awareness about the ‘adopt a school’ programme. 

Together with the tag rugby ‘adopt a school’ programme, the festival is trying in a small way to get children off the streets and away from the ills they are confronted with on a daily basis to enjoy sport with their peers. 

By using tag rugby, the learners at the schools will benefit by getting exercise and, at the same time, have fun. 

The programme has found that, due to the very nature of the game, it improves learners hand-eye co-ordination and concentration levels at school.

The first school that the organisers will be supporting will be Siyabulela Primary School. 

Together with the association’s coaches, the company will be visiting the school on a regular basis during the year and invite other companies to join the training sessions.

The school will also be part of the national South African Rugby Union’s ‘grassroots development programme’ that will give the school the opportunity to play in leagues and to enter tournaments run by the association. 

The organisers said they would like to encourage other companies taking part in the festival to consider adopting other schools in Langa and help get young children physically involved in sport.

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