Secondary Schools Tournament week starts this Monday and will see a number of Wairarapa school teams heading off to compete against the best college sports teams in the country.
Taking part in any sporting competition requires parents and staff working together to coordinate kit, food, accommodation and travel. To fund all this, teams rely on fundraising through sausage sizzles, raffles, quizzes, sponsorship, donations and grants.
For the first time, both the Kuranui Boys and Girls football teams will be taking part in Tournament Week. The boys will be competing in the newly-created 2nd XI Tournament in New Plymouth, and the girls will be heading to the Grant Jarvis Tournament in Petone.
This has a required a phenomenal effort by parents and students at the South Wairarapa college to raise enough money to send both teams away. “We have had some fantastic support from the community,” explained Kuranui parent Wendy Turton.
“Pelorus Trust has given us a $2,500 grant to cover accommodation and travel for both teams, the Challenge Service Station has donated $300, Adamson Mobil station in Featherston has donated petrol vouchers and Breadcraft has given us bread. Shine hair salon has also donated drink bottles and Fresh Choice Greytown, have donated food and essential items for the girls team.”
“The teams have also been hard at work doing sausage sizzles, selling roti and raffle tickets. Both Carterton and Greytown Lions have given trailer loads of firewood for the girls and boys teams respectively to raffle.”
Greytown Football Club will also be supporting Kuranui players who play for them with a $50 grant for each player.
Kuranui recently implemented a strategic focus around its sporting codes which has resulted in a huge growth in the number of students who have taken up football. For a college of just over 400 students, it now fields three boys and two girls teams.
“The girls will be facing some tough competition, with representatives from regional and national age groups scattered throughout teams,” added Turton, whose daughter Dani is on standby for the National Talent Centre and is currently trialling for the Capital Women’s team who play in the National League.
“It will be great for these girls to be involved in such a big tournament and represent their college outside of the Wairarapa.”