The mission of the TAG Foundation is to provide opportunities for boys who would not otherwise have them to benefit from the sort of education that King Edward VII provides.
It is not a sports scholarship fund and we are always thrilled to see how our boys are excelling off the sportsfields. Having said that, however, the boys who play sport at KES are privileged to receive high quality coaching, to train in world-class facilities and they are exposed to strong opposition every week.
Those are the ingredients of a recipe for success, so we would be surprised if the many talented sports people we have on the programme didn’t excel.
In 2019 there were some excellent sporting achievements from TAG Foundation boys. Pride of place goes to our four national representatives.
Bryce Parsons went to England with the South African under-19 cricket team at the beginning of the year and captained the team against Pakistan later in the year. He is very much in the running to lead the team at the ICC Under-19 World Cup which takes place in South Africa early next year.
Mickey Copeland was also in the u-19 team that played against Pakistan and he is also in the running for an u-19 World Cup place. Both Bryce and Mickey will represent the Central Gauteng Lions at the Khaya Majola Week next month.
Lindo Ncusane is the third national player out of our group. It was announced last week that he has been called up for the SA under-19 rugby team that will be going on tour to Georgia next month. That tour serves as part of the selection process for next year’s SA under-19 team, so he is also in the mix there.
Then, Kian Schwartz was selected to represent South Africa at the under-18 Baseball World Championship in South Korea in August. Kian now has double South African colours, having represented the country in indoor cricket last year.
Apart from our national stars, a number of boys received provincial colours during the year. Early in the year Thabang Mphafi and Mango Ncuna were in the Gauteng athletics team, and both excelled for the school in the third term athletics programme.
Ngia Selengbene and Eulon Redcliffe were both at the Craven Week in Golden Lions teams, while three boys, Ayanda Nhlapo, Legae Mogapi and Wandre van den Berg were in Southern Gauteng Hockey teams.
Keagan Janse van Rensburg was selected for the Central Gauteng Lions under-19B cricket team.