Centenary celebrations a success

Hundreds of people joined John Graham Primary School in celebration of the school’s centenary on Friday 3 August.

The school dedicated the year to celebrating its 100th birthday and has since April been hosting various activities (“Soccer for legacy”, People’s Post, 15 May).

The biggest event of all was the soccer tournament that saw all 17 classes competing for prizes while entertaining parents and everyone who supported them.

It was called a World Cup and each team represented a nation of their choice. It allowed learners an opportunity to express themselves through the sport of soccer to celebrate the 100th birthday.

“A big thank you to all the learners, parents and staff who made the day a big success.” says Pagiel Chetty of the school.

The tournament saw teachers and parents also taking to the field to show off their soccer skills prior to the start of the finals by the learners.

“Teachers and parents also had an opportunity to shake off the cobwebs from their soccer shoes and showcase their talent in a competitive curtain raiser just before the finals. The abundance of good football, fun and family vibes was amplified when ambassadors from Cape Town City FC joined in with the festivities by taking photos and signing autographs with learners,” Chetty says.

The tournament was sponsored by Cape Town City Football Club.

Shukri Jones, the community and supporters activation coordinator for the club, says the club supports community initiatives and when they learned about the soccer tournament they wanted to make it exclusive and memorable even beyond the actual celebration.

“As part of the prizes we gave all the winners tickets to watch our games for the whole season. By this we want to expose the players to professional football and what happens behind the scenes. It is not often that children are offered opportunities like this. As a club we believe in giving back and empowering our communities. We know it is because of our people that we are at this level. Without our supporters we are nothing­.”

Winners who received tickets to watch Cape Town FC’s games for the entire season were Luke Hendricks, Asiphile Deliwe, Mujahid Sulaiman, Ali Moosa, Stoan Marais, Liam Scheepers, Henry Ihebe, Connor Williams, Liam Carter, Fungai Negonde, Zubair Booley, Luke Engelbrecht and Shazaad le Bron.