MaP Sports Desk
Maru-a-Pula prides itself not only on its strong academics but also on education outside the classroom. The richness of learning that Maru-a-Pula achieves is exemplified through the wide variety of sport on offer at the school, ranging from major sports such as Basketball, to minor ones such as Squash. Read the Director of Sport’s 2018 Highlights here.
The Maru-a-Pula Physical Education Department is one of the best in Botswana and is responsible for a wide range of physical activities that range from classes to competitive athletics. It offers mandatory PE classes for students in forms one through three as well as sports teams that represent MaP in inter-school competitions. There are 23 sports teams total, including basketball, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and rugby.
MaP has consistently been one of the best schools in Botswana in terms of athletics, achieving top rankings in the Independent Secondary School Sports Association (ISSSA). Because students are required to complete one physical activity for their extracurricular agenda, the PE department plays an important role in student life. Physical exercise allows students to break their routine and re-energize; it also teaches them important skills such as teamwork, perseverance, and diligence.
Sport at Maru-a-Pula allows your child to have an introduction to a wide range of activities which aim to encourage a life-long involvement in sport as well as a healthy lifestyle. The Sports Department organizes many sports fixtures throughout the term, with students often travelling to international competitions to demonstrate their skills.
Some achievements include five of our Basketball teams winning Gold medals at the Independent Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSSA), the U19 and U17 boys’ teams winning gold at the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA) competition and the U17 Boys winning the International School of South Africa’s (ISSA) annual tournament. The Girls’ Football and Rugby teams are also ISSSA Champions in 2018. Some of Maru-a-Pula’s greatest sporting achievements include the Basketball U19 team winning the BISA competition 19 times in the past 21 years that they have taken part, the U19 Netball team winning ISSSA for the past 10 years, the U16 Netball team for the past 8 and the U14 team for the past four.
Maru-a-Pula truly has become a place where top junior athletes thrive; some, like swimmers Naomi Ruele and David van der Colff, have gone on to represent Botswana in the African and Olympic games. At Maru-a-Pula students prepare to step up to the challenges set by coaches and other players. As a previous coach said: ‘It is this that makes MaP great, it is this that makes MaP different.’
Maru-a-Pula not only has a strong competitive edge but also prides itself on being a school that strives to include all of its students in some form of physical activity. House Competitions are great ways in which students of all ages get to represent their houses in specific sports. In 2018, K House is holding the title for Inter-House Athletics! Maru-a-Pula also enjoys close sports relationships with a variety of schools, including Waterford in Swaziland, where senior teams travel for Football, Basketball, Netball and Volleyball tournaments.
Ultimately, there is a tremendous range of sport experiences to get involved with at Maru-a-Pula for those who wish to show off their sporting prowess, learn a new sport or simply just get involved in a physical activity.
Some of the numerous sports that our students partake in and excel at here at Maru-a-Pula include Basketball, Netball, Rugby, Cricket, Swimming, Tennis, Athletics, Golf, Karate, Squash, Badminton, Table Tennis, Softball and Chess.