Currie Cup sponsor DirectAxis has launched school scholarships programme , which will see the financial services company provide R250 000 to cover school fees.
The scholarships programme will also cover other education-related expenses for high-school learners.
Fifty scholarships of R5 000 each will be awarded.
The launch took place at Tafelsig High with Springbok sevens and Olympic medallist Seabelo Senatla visited the school on Wednesday.
He was there to launch Currie Cup sponsor DirectAxis’ school scholarships, Standing next to the Currie Cup, Senatla told the learners that no matter where they came from or what their personal circumstances they could choose to be great.
“Greatness is in yourself. You can be whatever you want to be, if you work hard at it and if you really believe you want to be that. It’s a choice,” he said, reflecting on his childhood years in Welkom, when his first love was football.
Answering questions from some of the school’s under 19 players he emphasized the importance of education and that it was a vital foundation for professional sports people.
“Sport and education go hand in hand,” he told them. “That’s how I got my scholarship.”
Tafelsig High was selected for the launch event as the school’s under 15 and under 19 teams won the Mitchells Plain league, despite the players having to practice in the paved courtyard and the match field not having any poles.
The players from both teams will get another chance to see some of their heroes in action when Western Province play the Pumas at DHL Newlands on Saturday 17 September. DirectAxis has provided 50 tickets, transport and supporters’ packs for the teams and Tafelsig High teachers to attend.
“Our business is about helping people take advantage of life’s opportunities. Giving these young players and others around the country a chance to see a Currie Cup game, which they might otherwise not have had is part of that. The scholarship programme to support high school learners is another,” said Emanuel Cristaudo, CEO of DirectAxis Financial Services.
Any high school learner, parent or guardian can enter for a DirectAxis scholarship by visiting www.yoursupportplayer.co.za. The successful learners will be announced on 14 November 2016. The scholarships will be paid directly to the 50 learners’ schools.
Edited by Matthews Moraba