HERITAGE School, one of the country’s finest private schools, held a mini under-11 rugby festival last weekend (Saturday June 1) aimed at promoting the sport at junior level.
Report by Winstone Antonio
The festival, which lived up to its billing, saw 28 primary schools converging for the third edition of the event since its inception in 2010.
Festival organiser Jimmy Chikange said he was delighted by the level of competition displayed by participants at the event.
“This year’s edition of the festival was the most memorable juncture, as we witnessed some true sportsmanship from the participating schools, which evidently showed that the sport is developing fast among the juniors,” he said.
The host school’s captain Anesu Mutyebere said the fiesta was a shot in the arm for their team as they start to prepare for their forthcoming junior rugby season.
“This was a special day for my team and a starting point for our coach ahead of the coming season that will be commencing very soon,” he said.
The schools’ deputy headmaster, who is also the team’s coach, Trinity Tendai Zhou said schools must work seriously towards promoting junior sports.
“From this festival I have realised that we have a lot of talent in schools which must be promoted for the future benefit of both the player and the nation at large,” said Zhou.
“At Heritage school, our main team games are rugby, hockey, cricket, basketball, tennis, squash and swimming, but we also encourage pupils to participate in other sporting activities to develop excellence in the areas where they show particular talent,” he added.
During the festival, the teams were placed in four pools of seven teams where they played six 10-minute games.
All the participants received certificates.