Schools can now register for the 2022 DStv Schools Netball Challenge
Following a successful first season of the DStv Schools Netball Challenge (DSNC), the call to enter this year’s competition is now open.
Schools can now register to be part of this year’s tournament scheduled to start in May and conclude with the national finals taking place on Women’s Day 09 August.
The DSNC is a partnership between Multichoice and SA Schools Netball which aims to unearth the next generation of Spar Proteas. It aims to give all girls across the country whether it be in far-flung rural areas, local suburbs and townships an equal opportunity to showcase their skills and get to contest the national finals which is a big national event broadcast live on SuperSport.
To ensure that all schools (urban and rural) have an equal opportunity to reach the national finals and contest for top honours, the competition is divided into two Streams, Botho (Urban schools) and Ubuntu (Rural Schools).
In last year’s tournament, North West’s Potchefstroom Gimnasium were the winners of the Botho finals, beating Gauteng’s Hoerskool Menlopark while in the Ubuntu finals, Hlabi Secondary School overcame provincial rivals, Makgofe High School. However, both Streams do get to play against each other in the earlier rounds of the national finals.
“Last year’s tournament was heavily disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but we were still able to put together a tournament with a participation rate over 1450 Secondary Schools and 16000 girls from district level right up to the national finals. Hopefully the pandemic is now behind us and all provinces and more schools will be part of this year’s tournament,” said SA Schools Netball President, Di Woolley.
The 2021 edition also served as a scouting ground for Universities and national teams’ scouts including the Under-21 Baby Proteas as the country prepares to host the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town.
“The 2023 Netball World Cup fever is slowly gathering momentum in the country and through the DStv Schools Netball Challenge we want the fever to spread across the entire country and reach areas which normally feel left out from the major happenings in the country. Girls from anywhere in South Africa who dream of one day representing the country in netball must know that they have the DStv Schools Netball Challenge as a springboard to achieving their dreams,” explained MultiChoice’s Group Executive for Corporate Affairs, Collen Dlamini.
How to enter:
Visit the www.saschoolsnetball.co.za, find the League Registration tab on the top right-hand side, click on it to access the DStv Schools Netball Challenge page. Click on register to access the Google Doc form which must be filled in to register your school.
Registration closes on the 31st of March 2022.
Itu Thulare, Corporate Communications