RTC played host to these two well respected players during the last two weeks of August where they ran adult, junior and high-performance clinics in addition to joining several HP1 classes as hitting partners and mentors. A head-to-head invitational tournament took place between August 29 – 31 alongside the best players in the Northwest.
Watch Marcos Ondruska grinding it out with some of the players (and coaches) in one of the High Performance classes at RTC.
The AEE Administrators’ Seminar was held at the Champagne Sports Resort in the Drakensberg from 8-11 August 2017. This is the premier event in the AEE calendar and is aimed at pastors, administrators and principals of Christian schools using the A.C.E. curriculum with approximately 350 delegates from 150 schools across Africa in attendance. KinetiX presented their physical education programmes to the various schools and it was very well received. We are looking forward to providing a sustainable solution, with regards to physical education, for the AEE group as they have identified some shortcomings in this department. We have already had great response and are excited to get learners, from all over Africa, moving towards a better future.
For a brief overview of the KinetiX Pre-School as well as the Junior and Intermediate programs, please have a look at these two short videos:
The second “Toolboks” workshop was offered to teachers at the beginning of the term as an inspirational tool and a “thank you” for the hard work they do in building and moulding the foundation of the next generation. KinetiX Executive Head, Mario Penwarden shares:
“We started the morning off with a motivational talk from Johan Nel, vice principal of Laerskool Noord-Eind, who really set the tone for the workshop. He made them laugh and cry and brought them back to laughter to deliver a light hearted yet important message. He was followed by Delanie Maritz, a Speech Therapist at one of our schools, Carel du Toit Centre for the Hearing Impaired, and shared some of her wisdom on hearing and listening. Christelle Duckitt, an Educational Psychologist, talked about Emotional Child Development and gave some excellent practical tips on how to manage the emotions of young children in the classroom environment. We wrapped up the workshop with a very informative talk on Sensory Integration and the relation between ADHD. This was presented by Lanese Knipe, an Occupational Therapist from Wellington, who specialises in this particular area of therapy. We had fantastic feedback from all the educators and are looking forward to going bigger and better for Toolboks 3 in 2018.”
Copies of the presentations are available on our website under the Toolboks 2 heading.
The 3rd consecutive year of Digicall Futures will take place from 18 November -10 December at the Maties Tennis Courts, Stellenbosch.
The below press release issued by TSA earlier in September sums the event up very well:
“Three weeks of top quality international tennis returns to Stellenbosch, in November and December 2017, with the announcement that the highly successful Digicall Futures will be taking place for the third consecutive year.
The Digicall Futures enables some of South Africa’s most promising young male and female players to start the transition to professional tennis, by offering them the chance to earn international ranking points, without leaving the country. SA Davis Cup star, Lloyd Harris, currently ranked 231 in the world, used the 2015 and 2016 Digicall Futures as the launch pad for his promising men’s singles career.
In an exciting new development, the prize money for 2017 has been increased to $15,000 per week, in line with the new ITF (International Tennis Federation) requirements. Ruben Moggee, CEO of Digicall, hailed the growth of the event: “The Digicall Futures are quickly building a global reputation as some of the best in their class and the number of international entries continues to increase, year on year. We are very proud to help build a platform for our best young local tennis players, to test themselves against players from across the globe.”
Read the full article.
The 5th year of Junior ITFs took place in Stellenbosch between 16 – 30 September and we are immensely thankful to Curro Holdings for being the Title Sponsor for the third year running. Their contribution towards education and sport development is highly valued.
Tournaments such as these are the foundation to developing more young SA talent such as ex-Curro pupil Lloyd Harris, who represented SA so magnificently well in the Davis Cup in Denmark. Current Curro pupils Amelie Boy & Lleyton Cronje both did very well in the tournaments this year, reaching semi-finals and finals.
Please visit our Facebook page for more photos. Full results available from the ITF website.
Entries for the full residency 7s academy in Stellenbosch are open! The programs aim to prepare players to take a step to the next level in their 7s Rugby career and address all technical and tactical aspects of the game as well as physical and mental components.
Four programs are on offer, namely:
Caylix Sport’s Little Tigers programme is specifically designed to develop the skills and drills needed to play Sevens rugby and we offer camps and clinics on requests at any school.
For more details, please contact us at Ludwig@caylixsport.co.za or Ameerah@caylixsport.co.za
A big shout out to Bridgehouse School in Franschhoek for their involvement in promoting 7s rugby. This year saw the 15th annual tournament taking place on 9 September with 16 schools taking part.
Ludwig Gerstner and Frankie Horne spoke to Head of Sport, Riaan van de Rheede during the event and we are looking forward to many more tournaments giving our young ones exposure to this Olympic sport.
17 August was a perfect day for golf in Stellenbosch with the sun shining and temperatures just right. Prior to T-off, all players had to participate in a round of “blind golf” on the putting green, where Stellenbosch Sport Ambassadors had a putting competition as a warm-up and gave a bit of perspective to challenges faced by disabled athletes.
The evening function had two interactive sessions with well-known sport individuals, speaking on the topics “Life in Sport” and “Life after Sport”. Participants included Werner Kok, Charl du Toit, Dyan Buis for the first session and Arnu Fourie, Mari Rabie & Conrad Stolz for the second session. See some of these remarkable athlete’s achievements
Without the support of our sponsors we would not be able to spoil the players with prizes, so a big shout-out to: Chaloner Estate, Chill Beverages, Country Club, De Zalze, Dis-Chem, EPT, First Car Rental, Flight Centre, Hazz Coffee, Imibala Restaurant, Knorhoek Guesthouse, Lutzville Wines, Moore Stephens, Muratie Wines, Nedbank, Oude Werf Hotel, Protea Hotels, Raats Family Wines, Radio Helderberg, Rainbow’s End Estae, Re/MAX Oaktree, Score Energy Drink, The Pro Shop, SSA, Stellenbosch Golf Club, Stellenbrau, Vintales, Vriesenhof Estate, Waterwell & Health, Wedge View Country House & Spa and Wilson.
Our focus this time is on Stellenbosch Academy of Sport and we caught up with CEO Rob Benadie during the Curro Junior ITFs.
The Living Legends Tennis Talent ID process took place at Klapmuts, Weber Gedenk and JJ Rhode this past term and approximately 15 -20 kids per school were selected who will now receive additional coaching. These coaching sessions will take place once a week at the various schools.
Living Legends absorbed the development initiative, Anyone 4 Tennis earlier this year. This initiative was started by Boland Tennis, now Cape Winelands District Tennis Federation a number of years ago and is operated in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, Eerste River and Strand. Some 14 kids from this initiative received training as ball kids and had their first on-court experience during the Curro Junior ITFs this year.
Living Legends celebrated Youth Day on Friday, 16 June by organizing a fun nature walk for 5 of their schools (Rusthof, Dr. G.J Joubert, Weber Gedenk, J.J Rhode and Klampmuts primary) at the Helderberg Nature Reseve with the theme “Youth Ambassadors of Tomorrow” Each school identified 20 grade 7 learners who could attend the day. The theme and aim of the day was to test learners’ perseverence and to identify future leaders as well as to expose the leaners to the natural beauty of the area.
In a follow-up initiative from this, 5 leaders from each of these groups were selected based on the leadership skills displayed during the walk. They were treated to an outing to Newlands on 23 September to go and watch WP vs Griquas Curry Cup match.