Norkem High team wins first Sir Pierre Alumni soccer tournament

The victorious soccer team of Norkem Park High School after winning the inaugural fund-raising event in aid of Sir Pierre Van Ryneveld High School. Photograph: Clare Appleyard

Eight schools took part in the first fund-raising Sir Pierre Alumni soccer tournament at the weekend.

The team of Norkem Park High School won the trophy after beating Benoni High School 4-0 in the final.

Other schools that took part were Sir Pierre Van Ryneveld High School, HTS Rhodesfield, Masiqakaze (Tembisa), Dawnview, Tertia King and Charlotte Maxeke.

The Sir Pierre Van Ryneveld High School soccer team. Photograph: Clare Appleyard

The alumni would like to thank each and every person who made the event possible, with special mention to organisers Carol Driver, Miguel Gomes, Mr Gravetown and ex-Sir pupil Clare Appleyard for taking the pictures.

Some key sponsorships from local businesses were much appreciated, including CMS for providing security, EMIT Reversing Time, Zinto Marketing Group, Fick It Up Events, Timbercity Kempton Park, Buco Kempton Park, Garbie for all the bins provided, Kids Co Entertainment and all the food vendors.

This will be an annual event with 2019 being bigger and better with more sporting events and sponsors on board.

Sir Pierre Van Ryneveld in action during the event. Photograph: Clare Appleyard

The Sir Pierre Alumni NGO has been established as a result of ex-learners seeing the school in a run-down state and in desperate need of repair.

The alumni plan to embark on various fund-raising initiatives, such as this tournament, to restore or repair the infrastructure and bring Sir Pierre van Ryneveld High School into the 21st century.

Benoni High School and Norkem Park High School in action. Photograph: Clare Appleyard

Miguel Gomes, the founder of the NGO and ex-learner of Sir Pierre, said: “This school has a great and proud history that we want to preserve and build on. At this stage, it needs considerable investment to revamp and repair the facilities.”

Key areas of focus include adequate ablution facilities, roof repairs, painting, structural damages, new desks and chairs, to name but a few.

For more information or to get involved, contact [email protected] or visit their Facebook page @SirPierreAlumni

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Kempton Express

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