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Newton Primary School out to present a cracker 2024 Absa Wildeklawer tourney

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Acting Principal Pedro Enslin, in an interview with the DFA, shed light on the forthcoming Absa Wildeklawer 2024, painting a vivid picture of the event’s magnitude.

Newton Primary School’s acting principal Pedro Enslin is seen with a Wildeklawer rugby ball, ensuring everybody that it is all systems go for the 2024 Absa Wildeklawer. Picture: Danie van der Lith

IN A TRIUMPHANT return to the spotlight, Newton Primary School once again stands poised to host the illustrious 2024 Absa Wildeklawer tournament, solidifying the school’s status as one of the Northern Cape’s premier junior institutions.

Newton Primary has remained steadfast as the cornerstone of the Junior Wildeklawer tournament, shouldering the mantle of official host for the past eight years; eight years that could have been a decade were it not for the disruptive forces of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acting Principal Pedro Enslin, in an interview with the DFA, shed light on the forthcoming Absa Wildeklawer 2024, painting a vivid picture of the event’s magnitude.

Preparations are underway at Newton Primary School for the 2024 Absa Wildeklawer. Picture: Danie van der Lith

“Wildeklawer invited 24 rugby teams from across the country, as well as six invitational teams from the Northern Cape,” Enslin disclosed, underscoring the tournament’s nationwide appeal. Additionally, he revealed that 16 top-tier netball teams, along with six invitational squads, are poised to grace the hallowed fields of Newton Primary.

Emphasising the calibre of participating institutions, Enslin asserted confidently, “All of the schools that were invited are top-class schools, and they will all battle it out here on Newton Primary’s fields.” That statement signalled the promise of riveting competition and sportsmanship.

Picture: Danie van der Lith

The eagerly anticipated opening ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday, April 24, promises to be a spectacle in its own right. Set against the backdrop of the Taberna Dei Church in Kimberley, attendees will be treated to a memorable kickoff, with Enslin teasing, “We have some very nice things planned for that night.”

Amidst the flurry of logistical preparations, Enslin reassured stakeholders that all arrangements have proceeded smoothly.

“We are on track with all the planning,” he affirmed, instilling confidence in the event’s seamless execution. Noteworthy enhancements to facilities include upgraded bathroom and toilet amenities, along with the installation of a water purification system, ensuring optimal comfort for both players and spectators alike.

All of the bathrooms and dressing rooms at the pool side of the school were upgraded. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Three taps are now available on the school grounds, where anybody can go and drink water that was filtered through the new purification plant. Picture: Danie van der Lith

Enslin also unveiled innovative initiatives aimed at elevating the spectator experience, including the introduction of a large viewing screen and LED advertising boards, courtesy of Wildeklawer.

Furthermore, the decision to broadcast all matches on SuperSport Schools amplifies the event’s reach, bringing the thrill of competition to a wider audience.

Picture: Danie van der Lith

When asked about the broader impact of Wildeklawer on the school community, Enslin said, “We use the Absa Wildeklawer as a marketing opportunity, and there is the financial boost it brings to the school.” He explained that funds generated from various sources, including entry fees and food stalls, are reinvested into promoting sports within the school, ensuring a lasting legacy of athletic excellence.

Reflecting on past performances, Enslin acknowledged the inherent variability of competitive sports. “It all depends on who you play with on the day,” he said, highlighting the unpredictable nature of tournament play. Nonetheless, he underscored the invaluable learning opportunities embedded in each game, emphasising the importance of measuring oneself against the nation’s finest school teams.

As anticipation builds for the event, Enslin took the opportunity to extend a warm invitation to all who would be attending, affirming that there would be an array of tantalising food and beverage options available to cater to the taste buds of attendees.

“Entry into the school will be R70 per adult and R40 for children,” Enslin said as he also took the time to thank Louis and Cora de Kock from Wildeklawer for their vision to invest in the children of tomorrow. He also thanked the sponsors and organisers who are making this tournament possible, as well as all the teachers, coaches, and parents who take the time to invest in their children.

As Newton Primary School prepares to unfurl the welcome mat for participants and spectators alike, the stage is set for another exhilarating chapter in the storied history of the Absa Wildeklawer tournament.

Against the backdrop of spirited competition and communal camaraderie, Newton Primary stands ready to showcase the very best in sportsmanship and community spirit.

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