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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:19

Landslide Result for Oldest Field in SA

With over 17 000 votes cast in their favour which garnered them 60% of the vote it is once again Piley Rees of Bishops that takes the popular vote for the Best School Sports Arena in the country.

By popular demand we are going to host another poll to determine Where is The Best School Sports Arena in South Africa for 2016.

Each year this poll enjoys a tremendous amount of response as thousands from around the country cast their vote as to which school has the Best School Sports Arena in the country.

In 2013 it was “The Rec” at Queen’s College that took the honors and in 2014 it was the turn of Piley Rees at Bishops who by a clear majority was voted as the best in SA with The Rec taking second spot and in 2015 Piley Rees edged out The Graveyard of Dale College.

Architecture, ambiance, history are all important criteria when it comes to choosing which arena is the best but the roar of the crowd can do more for a sporting arena that almost anything.

There is something about a school field or pool or court that will always hold memories that never fade but seem to grow brighter and perhaps bigger with each passing year. Yes maybe that wingers sprint to score the winning try was only 20 metres and the result of a dodgy pass, but for us it was all of 50 metres, in slow motion, mud kicking up behind him, time suspended as we stopped breathing and in that one moment, that scene, that noise yes that sports field was permanently etched into our minds with such clarity that many years in the future we would be able to recall it as if it has just happened.

The School Sports Arena is a special place, a place of great jubilation, of disappointment but more importantly a place that will always belong to us like a home that we long to revisit.

So which school will take the honors in 2016?

Brookes, Goldstones, The Rec, Markotter, The Main Reds, Stott, Brug Street, Memorial A and so many more are part and parcel of South African School Sport. Which is your favourite field? Let us know and vote for it now on our poll 

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Rugby: St Charles - 33.5%
Tennis: Crawford Sandton - 3.7%
Cricket: SACS High school 1st team - 8.7%
Cricket: St Andrews School – Bloemfontein - 54.1%
The voting for this poll has ended

If your favourite is not listed on the poll post it in the comments and we will add it to the list!

Voting Closes 05/12/2016 @ 1pm CAT

Monday, 14 November 2016 22:43

How to be a Better Sports Parent

Hundreds of college athletes in the USA were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?"

There is a concept in the psychology literature called ‘identity foreclosure’, which refers to cases in which someone settles on an identity too soon. In the current sporting climate at schools, there is a real danger of this happening to our most talented young sportsmen and women.

“The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of its parents.”

The above quote came from Carl Jung, the famed Swiss psychologist. He would have had a field day if he ever saw the parents of kids playing sports today.

The movie Chariots of Fire is the true story about two athletes, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, training for and competing in the 1924 Paris Olympics. What makes this story so interesting is the motivation behind each athletes desire to do well.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:46

The Mind- Sport's Final Frontier

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Consider these two questions:

  • What proportion of your sports performance is determined by the mind rather than by physical factors? 
  • What proportion of your training is spent preparing the mind rather than the physical factors?
Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:52

Sports Psychology: Success vs Winning

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Monday, 25 April 2016 18:04

Soccer: Minister of Sport Slams SAFA

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was on the rampage today as he banned SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Athletics SA from bidding for international tournaments due to lack of transformation. School football was also under the spotlight.

You see them at every Olympic games, the parents of the champions. In the stands shouting, cheering and proudly claiming that their child is “UNBELIEVABLE!” Perhaps as you look at them you may have wondered, would they all be hard-driving parents?  Were they super competitive? What did they do to help their child achieve championship status?

The annual South African Schools Sprint Championships were hosted by the Academy for Canoe Development at their Roodeplaat Dam headquarters over the past weekend and with a solid turn out of paddlers from Under 8 to Under 18 the event was a success and the organisers are happy with their trial run for African Champs in 2016.

We have all heard it and even said it before, phrases of encouragement directed towards young athletes with phrases like, “dig a little deeper” or “you have to want it more than they do” or, ideally, “be mentally tough.”  

Glenwood’s Vince Deyzel is poised to fulfil a lifelong dream when he soon say’s goodbye to South Africa and heads off to the United States to play baseball in the US Major League.

It is now over two decades since South Africa were readmitted into the sporting arena. Two Rugby World Cup victories , 7 Olympic gold medals and 5 unsuccessful attempts at winning the Cricket World Cup later, and still quotas in sport hangs around refusing to go away.

Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:13

The Best School Sports Action Pic!

Got your camera at the ready? Once again in partnership with BSN Medical we are looking for the BEST ACTION SCHOOL SPORTS photograph for the month!

BSN Medical, the global leader in healthcare, specializing in the areas of Orthopaedic, Compression Therapy and wound care, will be awarding the winner of the BEST ACTION photograph with a Leuko Sports Injury First Aid Kit valued at over R2000 for the school of their choice.

At the end of the month the three best photos, as selected by us, will go into a voting poll where the photo who garners the most votes will be declared the winner. Simple!

So send in your photographs to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you could be our next winner!




Competition. Win A Leuko Sports Injury First Aid Kit at 9.59.06 PM

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 19:13

UK Sports Opportunities!

UK Sports Opportunities: Queen's College Taunton (UK) is delighted to offer overseas sportsmen and woman an unique opportunity to study and play sport at one of the UK's most prestigious schools.

It seems that not a school rugby season can start without a steroid abuse scandal emerging and reopening the great debate on how schools should deal with the ostensible use of steroids in schools. One of the country’s leading schools, Kearsney College is the latest to be faced with the problem and now the Durban High Court is involved.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015 21:54

The "Top Sports School in SA" Rankings!

Who is the top all round sporting boys school  in South Africa? The question in itself is guaranteed to generate a plethora of opinions and not a few who will almost entirely back their alma mata regardless of the current results.

Living in a rugby mad country like South Africa where the sport is played on the very highest level, perhaps few of us have heard of one of the greatest school rugby coaches ever.

Monday, 01 December 2014 20:32

How The Great Coaches See

Talent identification is the holy grail of sports, business, parenting, and education. We dream of having the magical ability to quickly and accurately assess who is destined to succeed; to sort the contenders from the pretenders.

Every teacher or coach worth their salt knows that there’s no moment more important than the moment feedback is delivered. Do it correctly, and the learner takes a step forward. Do it poorly, and the reverse happens.

What type of a sports coach are you? Few coaches would admit to being anything less but committed and dedicated to their team and sport. However take a look at this interesting parable of two buses and ask yourself again how well you or your coach is doing.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 10:17

Long Term Athletic Development

LTAD the Panacea for Developing Young Talent - In South Africa, most sports have traditionally operated in favour of the early specialisation of young sportspersons.

Maritzburg College won the Graeme Pope-Ellis Inter-schools Floating Trophy taking the KZN Inter-schools Title for the eighth consecutive year.

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