Thursday, February 20, 2014

Capricorn High School competes for outside gym

Capricorn High School, Polokwane, Limpopo was one of the schools that competed in the Coca-Cola® 30 Minute Heroes Challenge, a competition introduced to schools participating in the Coca-Cola® T20 schools Cricket Challenge and aimed at getting learners to participate in physical activity. 

The concept encourages as many learners as possible to complete a five drill circuit within a 30 minute period. The scores will only be made public once all schools have completed their challenge.  The school that completes the most circuits in the allotted time frame stands a chance to win a prize of an outdoor gym to the value of two hundred thousand rand, which will be installed at the winning school.

“What a fantastic set-up! The Coca-Cola® 30 Minute Heroes Challenge intrigued many learners who originally were not interested in getting involved,” said Kobus De Meyer, Head of Sport.  “The activities were so challenging and enjoyable that the cricket boys asked me if they could use them as pre-season fitness drills.” 

“Our aim was to create a fun and exciting atmosphere and encourage all learners to participate.  The camaraderie was excellent with everyone encouraging and supporting one another.  Many of them flew through the drills and even managed to go again whereas others struggled a bit with the target throwing,” said De Meyer.

Capricorn High School has been knocked out of the Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge by Pietersburg High School. “We have a new team on board this year and we are currently in a building process. I am sure we will return stronger next season.  This tournament is such an excellent initiative which every cricketer wants to play in.”

The five drills in the Coca-Cola 30 Minute Heroes Challenge include:
1.    Shuttle runs between 6 beacons, moving a cricket ball from one   beacon to the next.
2.    Target Throwing at a set of wickets.
3.    Skipping with a skipping rope.
4.    Catching balls off a rebound board.
5.    Weaving in and out of 10 slalom poles.

The Coca-Cola® T20 Schools Challenge is about making heroes,” explains Fetsi Mbele, Coca-Cola® South Africa Marketing Assets Manager. “This grass roots tournament is where heroes are unearthed and then progress through to the Coca-Cola® Khaya Majola Cricket Week, an annual tournament, sponsored by Coca-Cola South Africa for over 30 years. It has to date produced over 200 Proteas players.”

“Through our Coca-Cola® T20 30 Minute Hero Challenge we are encouraging all scholars in the country to adopt a physically active lifestyle that will become a lifelong practice,” said Mbele. 

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