On Wednesday, 28 March 2018 thousands of young athletes made their way to St Stithians College in Sandton for #SaintsFest2018. These players will together compete in 259 fixtures of cross country, football, hockey, netball, rugby, squash, tennis between Wednesday, 28 March 2018 and Monday, 2 April 2018.
Ahead of the various capping dinners the Saints Festival teams came together on St Stithians College's Baytopp field to take a commemorative group photo. This field is the main rugby field for the festival.
The players and their coaches assembled, sang the South African national anthem led by a St Stithians College student singers and the St Stithians College marimbas and then they smiled for a large group photo (attached).
The Festival action picks up on Thursday, 29 March 2018 and runs on Saturday, 31 March and Monday 2, April. On Wednesday young athletes participated in football, hockey, squash, and tennis. On Thursday, 29 March 2018 rugby and netball join the list of sports and the first cross country fixture is scheduled for Saturday. The festival will see teams from Gauteng, Bokone Bophirima, the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape, and Namibia competing in seven sporting codes and playing the sports they love.
The football tournament began today and the MEC for education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi was there to celebrate the opening of the football tournament and show his support for the players. The football tournament is part of the Saints Sports Festival for the second time in 2018 and features eight schools from Gauteng, and Bokone Bophirima. Unlike many of the other festival sports, this tournament is a competitive one and the winning team will take home a trophy, bragging rights, and the joy of playing the game they love over the weekend.
Download the Saints Sports Festival app for all the latest fixtures, scores, player profiles, and more. Visit www.saintsfestival.com for the app QR code, and to access the live stream of the rugby.
In 2017, St Stithians College welcomed over 40 000 people at their festival and this year promises to be just as exciting.
Festival tickets cost R40 at the gate.
For more information on St Stithians College, visit www.stithian.com