Tuesday 1 March 2022

Promoting Derby Championships.

MSSA President, Colin Webster, actively promotes Derby Championships.

As Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) transitions from 2021 to 2022, we all may be tempted to want to forget the two previous years year that were both challenging and unusual. 

Though 2020 and 2021 may have deprived us of many friendships and joys we took for granted, many of us were taught us to value the things that are really important, and to learn from the lessons taught to improve existing formats, procedures, and processes.

One such improvement is that MSSA has created provision for member clubs to host their own Derby/s.

The purpose of a Derby held by a member club, albeit a private, university, and/or school club, is to:

  • Help the member club raise funds, and
  • Assist the member club in creating more championships for their Registered Players, and
  • Enable more Registered Players to qualify for National Team Selection, and
  • Further promote a general awareness of Mind Sports.
Such a Derby may be held online or as a face-to-face event, and may even be held alongside other sports. Thus, as an example, King Edward VII School could host an esport Derby at its much acclaimed Easter Festival. Such a Derby would allow the learners to earn Regional Colours, improve their rankings, qualify for National Team selection, and the school to earn additional sponsorship.

Full details of MSSA's Derby event may be obtained from MSSA by emailing mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

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