Friday, 11 August 2017

Another school affiliates.

PEPPS Preparatory School and College

There is not a month that goes by that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) does not have new clubs apply for, and be accepted into, membership.

According to their web-page, PEPPSPreparatory School and College stands for the Project for the Establishment of Primary and Pre-Primary Schools. PEPPS was founded by Patrick Hamilton, previously the Headmaster of WHPS Preparatory School in Pretoria. The original vision of PEPPS was to establish multi-racial, affordable, private schools which offered quality education. In 1990 parents from the then Pietersburg, having heard of the Project which had already established schools in Edenvale and Atteridgeville, approached Patrick Hamilton to open a PEPPS in town. PEPPS Polokwane was established in 1991 in a house in Koppiefontein. In 1992 the school moved to its present site in Myngenoegen; 9 hectares of naturally beautiful ground with over one hundred indigenous trees.  In 1994 growing demand lead to the extension of the Preparatory School to Grade 9 and in 1996 the school was further extended to Grade 12.

However, the affiliation of PEPPS means that there are now four member clubs in Polokwane. 

This is a huge improvement over 2016 where there was not a single club in the Limpopo Province.

Such affiliation also indicates the changing attitudes towards esports, for even though esports was accepted as a sport in 2005 in South Africa (through MSSA's efforts), huge barriers still had to be overcome as some parents and school governing bodies remained cautious of this new sport.

It is thanks to the progressive schools that are now members that esports has turned the corner and, in my opinion, that the next steps can be taken in getting esports into the Olympics.
MSSA wishes PEPPSPreparatory School and College a long and fruitful association.

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