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Cape Town expands its JAG Rugby partnership to Mitchells Plain

Thursday, 13 September 2012

The City of Cape Town’s Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate yesterday launched a pilot project at Portlands Primary School, Mitchells Plain in partnership with the JAG Foundation’s Rugby arm. The aim of the programme is to teach school learners the sport of rugby, and in so doing hopefully steer them away from a potential life of crime and drugs.

 “This partnership seeks to show children that there are alternatives to the crime and drugs that they see all around them. JAG Rugby uses mentoring, coaching and organised physical activity to target alcoholism, drugs and gangsterism and expose children to opportunities through sport and teamwork. The programme creates an environment of fun which opens children up to learning life skills and changing mindsets in a team setting,“ said Councillor Beverly Cortje-Alcock, Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development.

There are already 13 schools in the Bonteheuwel area participating in the JAG Rugby Primary School programme. These schools have teams in the under-9, under-11 and under-13 age categories and play in an internal league. It is from this league that teams are selected to play in the Western Province Primary Schools League on a Wednesday afternoon.

The after-school programme at Portlands Primary School will consist of sport and social development activities, focusing on issues such as bullying and substance abuse while working to build teamwork skills and other disciplines amongst primary school children in Mitchells Plain.

“The anti-bullying programme has been in existence for more than three years and some 6,000 children have been exposed to it. The programme is being implemented by JAG Rugby in partnership with Child-line,” said Councillor Cortje-Alcock.

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