The 30th edition of the Vodacom Bulletjie Day at Loftus Versfeld was a memorable out for the entire family. Schoolchildren between the ages of 6 and 8 years participated in tag rugby games across the Loftus precinct.
At the end of the games, everyone walked away a winner, with rugby the biggest winner as families took with them new memories that will last many family dinners and get-togethers. Young rugby players fell in love that much more with the game and others entrenched their love for the Vodacom Bulls a little deeper.
Vodacom Bulls Director of Rugby, Jake White commended the event as being instrumental in the growth of rugby and lauded parents for their support of the programme.
“The day has been incredible, watching from the side of the field just how involved parents are and seeing the joy on the faces of the children has been rewarding. This is what the game is about, encouraging active living whilst teaching our young how to build cohesion and friendships all in the name of fun!”
“I want to say a special message of appreciation to Vodacom because their level of involvement at this level is truly one of a kind. They have constantly led the way in championing the use of our game as a tool for community growth and truly they have brought us all together for one cause,”
“I also wish to applaud the parents for supporting their children and being the wind behind their backs. The passion on the side-lines has been tremendous and I know it is difficult to sometimes hold yourself back but they have been true champions, our game will be healthier because of their acts today.”
Participants from the local schools around Tshwane partook in games played on the Loftus A and B, as well as the main field with plenty of entertainment on the side for the young and old who were loud at the top of their voices throughout the day.
Willem Strauss, President of the Blue Bulls Rugby Union said that the day was a massive success that presented the opportunity for the girls and boys to be exposed to the experiential ethos and values of team sport.
“Today was incredible because the demographics of the children we saw today vary and truly represent the landscape of our beautiful country. We had 23 township schools participating in this year’s edition, managed by the BBRU via the ‘Get into Rugby program’ – an incredible milestone as we celebrate thirty years of this memorable programme,”
“We had close to 6000 girls and boys visit and play at Loftus throughout the day, and I believe this is what makes the Vodacom Bulletjie Day the ‘biggest’ rugby event in the world! This is where 6,7 and 8-year-old young people come to have absolute fun at the home of rugby in the province and hopefully fall in love with our beautiful game,”
“We obviously hope that they all become massive Vodacom Bulls fans as well” concluded Strauss.