Curro Cup set to be largest inter-school event of its kind
Johannesburg, 4 February 2020: One of the largest inter-school sporting events ever in South Africa is set to kick off this coming Wednesday, 5 February 2020 at Bestmed Tuks Stadium, Tshwane. Here Curro Holdings will be launching their Curro Cup event, with the stadium playing host to the first in a series of inter-Curro sporting events taking place across the country.
The Curro Cup is a first of its kind for Curro Holdings and is set to reshape the landscape of sport within the Curro group of schools. Thousands of learners from Curro schools across the country will compete in national inter-school events for rugby sevens, soccer, netball, hockey, tennis, athletics, swimming, golf and mountain biking.
To showcase the size of Curro Cup, the athletics event will see around 620 athletes competing across 51 Curro schools (primary and high schools). The netball and sevens events will see around 500 athletes across 50 teams; while the hockey event will attract around 600 athletes across 50 teams. Entries are currently still rolling in.
Curro Cup events are scheduled throughout the year and in different locations in South Africa. While some events will be held at a specific Curro school, such as Curro Durbanville, the venue for Curro Cup Cricket during 30 November to 3 December 2020, there will also be events hosted at outside stadiums and sporting grounds. For example, Bestmed Tuks Stadium on Wednesday, 5 February, will see learners compete in a number of track and field events for Curro Cup Athletics; Sun City will be hosting upcoming Roger Federers and Serena Williamses in Curro Cup Tennis; while Curro speedsters will lace up their spikes at Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch for Curro Cup Athletic Relays.
Curro Cup events are driven at a national level, managed by tournament directors and officiated by provincial officials. In order to create a well natured competitive spirit within the Curro family, trophies, medals and certificates sporting the special Curro Cup logo will be presented to winning athletes.
“South Africa has always had a proud sporting heritage, and with the Curro Cup we are hoping to elevate our future sport stars on a national level.” So says Curro Holdings CEO, Andries Greyling, who also stresses the importance of sport in creating well-rounded learners. “There’s no doubt sport adds value to learners’ development. Not only does it help to keep learners fit and healthy, but sport also offers a platform to become a team player, to build the mental toughness needed to persevere, and to become leaders in a competitive landscape,” he notes.
While the Curro Cup project sets out to uplift learners in a sporting environment, Curro Holdings will also pay attention to the training of coaches. “A good coach forms the cornerstone of any well-trained athlete or sports team, and as such, special training initiatives will be held, including Coaching the Coaches Netball Clinics in February,” Greyling notes.
The Curro Cup forms part of the Curro Group’s #Learners2Leaders philosophy, whereby Curro learners are equipped with leadership skills to help them contribute to the larger South African community.