For the 23rd consecutive year, Sanlam sponsored the National U/13 Rugby trials, which were held at the Windhoek Gymnasium Sports Field on 9 and 10 June.
The trials gave young players from across the country the opportunity to showcase their talent and to experience the real life of playing rugby.
After the trials, a group of players were selected to participate in the Craven Week Practice Camp, which took place in Windhoek from 15 to 17 June.
The aim of the Craven Week practice was to select players, who would represent Namibia at the annual U/13 Craven Week rugby tournament in Bloemfontein, South Africa, from 10 to 14 July.
Sanlam sponsored the event to the tune of N$40,000.
Manager: Marketing and Communication, Annemarie Saunderson, said Sanlam was happy to associate itself once again with primary schools rugby.
“Once again we affirm our commitment to the development of sport in general and rugby in particular. Sanlam believes that investing in the potential of players at primary level is equal to supporting rugby at a national level.
“Not only does the event nurture inherent sporting potential and unearth hidden talent, it also promotes the character development of young Namibian sportsmen. Characteristics such as loyalty, camaraderie, teamwork, punctuality and self-discipline are ingredients of success – on and off the sports field,” Saunderson said.
She further said that such sponsorship will enable the country, in particular the Namibia Rugby Union, to have a pool of good players to select for the various national team set-ups in the near future.
“Ultimately, the aim is to see rugby blossoming in Namibia and to make the sport accessible to all segments of our society. We want to see the unifying power of sport in action. Sanlam congratulates the chosen players and is certain that they will be true ambassadors of their country, regions and schools,” Saunderson said.