Pupils from three Henkel adopted schools from Tokoza outside Johannesburg had the experience of a lifetime as ASICS South Africa treated them to a TAG Rugby clinic, presented by members of the Springbok Squad as well as Olympic medalist and Blitzbok Philip Snyman.
The clinic was presented to pupils of Setsing Primary School, Mohlodi Primary School and Mohaung Primary School at St Peter’s College in Sandton on Wednesday 28 September 2016.
ASICS has been a proud partner of the Tag Rugby Adopt a School Programme over the past two years and currently sponsor 6 schools nationwide. Henkel joined our Tag family this year, and have adopted 3 schools in Johannesburg.
This event was a celebration of ASICS involvement in the programme and also serves to highlight the work that we as TAG do on a daily basis in communities all over South Africa through our network of donors and coaches within communities.
As Official Technical Apparel Partner of SA Rugby the development of the game across the country is a priority for ASICS. ASICS extended their partnership with TAG Rugby earlier in 2016 as they expand their push of furthering the development of rugby in local communities. Springbok players that participated included ASICS ambassadors Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira and Eben Etzebeth as well as Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jaco Kriel, Oupa’ Mohojé and Francois Louw.
“As a player who’s experienced a lot in the game it’s a privilege to give back to the community and help young players develop their skills. The commitment and hard work ASICS is putting into grassroots level rugby is crucial for the development of the game and getting children active and interested in sport”, said Philip Snyman, member of the Blitzboks’ Bronze Medal-winning Olympic squad.
“Our company was founded on the belief that sport not only benefits the body and mind – it also overcomes cultural differences and stimulates solidarity. We uphold this founding philosophy by contributing to society and being a positive influence on the communities in which we operate. We are very proud to be associated with the team at TAG rugby and continue to work with our assets to leverage these opportunities in these communities to continuously make a difference”, said Sarah Mundy, ASICS South Africa’s Marketing Manager.
“I would like to thank the Tag association, ACICS, the Saint Peters collage, the falcons team and the Springboks for making the day possible for the Kids from the Henkel, Tokoza community. The kids was so excited to meet the Springboks and the day out meant the world to them. If each of us can make a small difference in the children of today’s lives, we will have a big impact on tomorrow.”, said Maritza van As,Consumer & Craftsmen, National sales Manager, Henkel
“ASICS, Henkel and our other sponsors and donors play an extremely important role in the sustainability and growth of our programmes. Without them we would not be able to create employment opportunities for our community coaches or get children physically active and involved in rugby development”, commented Stuart McConnell from TAG Rugby. “We have been working in communities for 22 years and are in critical need of funding to continue our work.”