In 2019, we continued our partnership with Royal Bafokeng Sports (RBS) through its sporting programme known as Metshameko. The programme was implemented in 43 primary and secondary schools across the Nation.
Metshameko is built on the belief that sport has an important role to play in encouraging social cohesion and healthy lifestyles, as well as in creating role models within the Bafokeng Nation.
Our support for Metshameko in the 2019 period centred on the football and netball leagues. This entailed recruitment and development of coaching staff, provision of training kits and equipment for learners as well as transport to enable learners to participate in competitions. The programme also served as a springboard for the identification of opportunities such as scholarships and bursaries for learners from RBN schools.
Metshameko’s success stories include Romeo Segotlong, who was selected to play for the Orlando Pirates FC U/19 team and Lerato Sedumedi, who received a sports bursary to study and play netball at Tshwane University of Technology and has subsequently participated in varsity cup competitions.
An external assessment conducted in 2019 shows Metshameko plays an important role in developing life skills such as discipline, resilience and leadership among the learners, teachers and volunteers who participated in the programme. It has also contributed to the overall well-being of the Nation and made a significant social impact, attracting over 3 000 spectators during major competitions.
As the programme strives to expand in depth and focus, RBH will continue to work alongside RBS towards ensuring Metshameko is open to all Bafokeng schools. The year ahead will also see us continue in our commitment to improve programme efficiencies, while keeping the spirit of an active and sporting Nation alive.