STUDENTS Rule Movement, an organisation that offers mentoring and life-skills programmes for academics residing in underprivileged communities, was recently the recipient of a given a generous donation of rugby equipment from Selborne Primary School. on Monday May 21.
In addition to the equipment, Selborne Primary’s U13 team also travelled to Duncan Village to practise with boys from Nompumelelo Public School and help them hone their rugby skills. Founder of Students Rule Buhle Ntsebeza, who is also Nompumelelo Public School’s rugby coach, was very grateful for the donation.
“We realised that many of the schools did not have extramural activities. “Through our own analysis we became convinced that there is a link between the substance abuse pandemic within these communities, and the lack of extramural activities. “We felt that if we wanted to combat the societal challenges that the children were experiencing, we needed to provide them with a viable alternative,” said Ntsebeza said.
He said Ntsebeza said that they had, through analysis, realised there was a need to through their analysis they saw a need t to develop a programme that would assist underprivileged schools in developing a wide range of extramural activities.
“So far as we have received some support from Selborne College with the donation of two shields and water bottles, as well as Hudson Park High School who gave us bibs, balls and two shields. However, our biggest support came in the form of Selborne Primary who donated multiple shields, tackle bags, pole pads and two scrum machines. Not only that, but they decided to hold one of their practices at our rather humble practice grounds.”
“We enjoyed a great day where our kids got to mingle with really humble young boys from Selborne Primary. We hope that these relations are built upon, with not just Selborne but the greater schooling community,” Ntsebeza said.
Selborne Primary School rugby coach, Chris Lategan, said he felt that sometimes the Selborne boys needed to realise that there was more to rugby than just the game.
“There are far less fortunate people who do not have the sports essentials that they have, I want them to realise that they must appreciate the things that they take for granted. There is some massive potential coming from this school.”
Luzuko Majavu, a teacher at Nompumelelo Public School, said he was grateful for what Ntsebeza was doing for the school, as it is situated in a poverty-stricken area.
“We are truly grateful that he is doing this initiative for us, it will make a huge difference in our sports curriculum. We started playing rugby last year but this year we are intensifying it as we want to be part of the schools fixtures,” he said.