FNB Classic Clashes Launched

The FNB Classic Clashes was launched for the seventh successive year in Windhoek on Tuesday.

The schools sport competition which was initiated by FNB in 2008, has grown considerably from an original seven Classic Clashes to 20 clashes this year which will see 40 schools all over Namibia competing in rugby, soccer and netball matches.

At Tuesday’s launch, Dixon Norval of FNB read a statement by FNB Group CEO Sarel van Zyl in which he said it had become one of the most sought after sporting initiatives amongst senior secondary school learners. He added that this year’s theme would once again be “Game on! Be a hero, be there!” which would strive to foster a competitive spirit between schools.

“It also reminds us that it is not the sport men and women on the field that are only important, but the whole school fraternity, including fellow learners and the broader school community. As a matter of fact, it is the host school’s responsibility to encourage spectators to be there in their numbers,” he said.

“The principle behind this strategy is that the positive competitive spirit on and off the sport field will spill over to the academics as well, resulting in well-rounded youngsters who know how to play hard and work hard to achieve their dreams, and who act as role models for their school community,” he added.

For the second successive year Namib Mills will also sponsor the series, with the best performing players and scholars who are role models in their communities to feature on television as the Namib Mills Heroes.

Norval said FNB would once again bring in several innovations for this year’s series.

“This year we are planning a lot of excitement in the form of music at select clashes that will take the Classic Clashes to another level. Another exciting innovation from our value partner Add Dynamics is the introduction of kiosks at schools,” he said.

Well known Namibian singer Lize Ehlers will perform with the band the Song Nighters at selected clashes while the kiosks will give learners an opportunity to get more information on the Classic Clashes at their schools.

There will also be a Facebook page for learners to share their achievements and experiences with their peers.

Other stakeholders include the Namibia Sport Commission, Republikein and One Africa Television.

The Director of Sport Joanne Manuel thanked FNB Namibia and Namib Mills for their investment in sport but urged them to broaden the number of participating sport codes.

“Namibia is so vast and it is so costly to develop sport, so we are indebted to FNB and Namib Mills for their efforts. We as a ministry would however like to appeal to you to expand the number of sport codes that are participating in the Classic Clashes. A sport like boxing for instance is doing very well but they don’t have sponsors. Last year they won Namibia’s only medal at the Commonwealth Games, while they regularly do well at regional championships,” she said.

The FNB Classic Clashes will kick off at Academia School in Windhoek at 12h00 on Thursday, 28 May with a netball match between Academia and Augustineum, while St Josephs will host Eldorado Secondary School in another netball encounter on Friday, 29 May.

Source : The Namibian