Let’s Play physical education challenge


Children are becoming alarmingly inactive; they can’t catch balls or walk on a balance beam and some are overweight. In a mission to introduce and encourage play, activity and sports in schools, Super Sports – Lets Play Physical Education Challenge coordinators visited Cathula Primary School in Katlehong on Tuesday.


The initiative – Lets Play Physical Education Challenge is also a competition for grade 4 and 6 primary schools pupils. The pupils will be competing against each other playing orange board roll, ring hula hoop games, cone and tennis game, hurdles and kettle bell games and many life skills games. Siphiwe Thekiso, sports coordinator said the initiative is a partnership between Super Sport, Active Education, UNICEF and other organisations sponsoring the Lets Play Physical Education Challenge.


“We are encouraging sports and training pupils to be active. Cathula has entered the first leg of the competition and for the school to qualify for the second round they should score 120 points. 16 Primary Schools will be competing against each other. The finals will be held in November, the date to be confirmed. The winning school will receive a multipurpose sports court worth 1, 3 million rand that will be built for them,” said Thekiso.


He added, “The pupils are excited and some are playing these games for the first time and it interest them.”


Nomapha Mrwetyana, life skills teacher at Cathula Primary School said 80 grade 4 and 6 pupils are participating in the competition. “Life skills are a challenge at our school and this competition will help our pupils to develop physical, mental and physiological. The pupils are bored in class and this life skill challenge will motivate them to develop love for the school,” said M Mrwetyana.


Anelisa Vika, a grade 6 pupil who participated on the challenge said, “We did not know some of these games and we are happy that they have taught us. This challenge is interesting and we are optimistic that we are going to win the competition.”