Saints Sports Festival
With purpose and passion, we are grateful that the Saints SportsFest 2022 could take place and what a weekend it was! The Festival is a celebration of sport, camaraderie, and enjoyment by approximately 2 500 participants. Those who have experienced past Festivals will know the exhilaration and excitement generated by this flagship event!
We thank our headline sponsor, Standard Bank, for their much-appreciated on-going partnership in bringing this event to our Saints community and beyond.
What an exceptional two weekends it was. We invite our community to look back on the Prep and College Festivals by sharing the highlight photograph galleries of the event as captured by our Official Festival Photogrpaher, Debbi Adcock. Click here for the link to the Festival Highlight Photograph Galleries.
The Festival took place over the following dates:
Prep Festival: 7, 8 and 9 April 2022
College Festival: 13, 14, 16 and 18 April 2022
With 78 schools represented by 148 teams participating in football, hockey, netball, rugby, squash and tennis, the return to school sport has never been as exciting! We encourage our Saints family to support our players in our jam-packed Festival.
Besides the sport, you will be able to purchase food and drinks from some great vendors such as Amici’s Pizzeria, Baan Bootsbar, Burger Express, Cupped Coffee, House of Crepes, Jafra Java and Zest Beverages to name just a few whilst experiencing Saints Spirit at its best.
The opening dates and opening times of the Festival are as follows:
Here is a video reminder of what you can look forward to:
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD : OFFICIAL SAINTS SPORTSFEST PROGRAMME 2022
The Fun Run will go ahead but the start will be moved from Jamieson Field to Chapel Drive.
Meeting from 08h00 with the fun run starting at 08h30.
Due to heavy rains that have resulted in the flooding of Jamieson Field and with expected continued rain predicted, the OSA Zone will be CLOSED for Monday 18 April. Higher Ground Restaurant will be open as per normal operating times.
Standard Bank Supporters Marquee
Our Standard Bank Supporter’s Marquee will open at 08h30
All entertainment scheduled for the marquee will go ahead as planned
All Vendors/Activations/Hospitality remain open as planned and will close at 16h00.
Special Guest and Coaches/Managers Area
Special Guest and Coaches/Managers Area remain open as planned and will close at 14h00
Football games will go ahead, but the venue will change to Middle Dam Field (the field below Wayne Joubert and above Lower Dam Field)
11h00 OSA Alumni Girls vs Fourways High School Old Girls
12h00 OSA Alumni, Fourways High School, Pretoria Old Boys, Saints Ops Team
All rugby games will go ahead as per the schedule, but the venue will change to Wayne Joubert Field (the field below the Higher Ground Restaurant).
09h15 Wynberg Boys’ High School vs Clifton
10h30 Bishops vs Parktown Boys’ HS
11h45 Grey PE vs Maritzburg
13h00 St Alban’s vs Michaelhouse
14h15 Saints BC vs St Andrew’s College
15h15 OSA vs Old Stithians vs Old Albanians and Pretoria Old Boys
Hockey will continue as planned and indicated on the schedule.
10h30 SuperSport Park Blue – Ladies Alumni vs SA Masters
11h30 Boys’ Alumni vs SA Masters
Squash will continue as planned and indicated on the schedule.
08h30 Starting with all Alumni Games as planned and indicated on the schedule.
09h30 – Alumni vs Guests
At this stage our Alumni vs 5fm DJ’s game will be going ahead as planned/decision to cancel can only be made in the morning as it is dictated by overnight rain and court conditions tomorrow.
At 08h30 tomorrow morning, should the courts still be waterlogged and pose dangerous playing conditions, we may need to cancel at late notice. This will be communicated on the Saints Festival web page and directly to those affected (players and coaches).
We appreciate your understanding as we are trying our best to avoid cancellations of games as far as possible.
With the weather looking unpredictable tomorrow, please keep an eye on our social media platforms or our 2022 Festival Page by clicking here for updates as they happen.
We thank #OneAndAll for your understanding and look forward to welcoming you for tomorrow’s games.
Saints SportsFest 2022 is CASHLESS with Standard Bank
Once again, our #SaintsFest2022 will be a cashless event with the help of our title sponsor, Standard Bank. Cards will not be issued this year – each person will need to have their own banking card for purchases. Our visitors are able to pay in a number of safe and convenient ways:
SnapScan allows you to pay for items using the SnapScan app on your phone. Simply download the app (free of charge), sign up, and use it to pay using the QR code at our various vendors at the Festival.
Tickets and Accreditation
Tickets or accreditation is required for Saints Sports Festival on the following dates:
- Saturday 9 April 2022
- Thursday 14 April 2022
- Saturday 16 April 2022
- Monday 18 April 2022
Tickets are not available to be purchased ahead of the Festival but will be available to purchase at the gates at a cost of R50 per ticket (one ticket is valid for one person). A ticket will be required for each day of attendance at the Festival. Please note that for safety and convenience Saints Sports Festival is a CASHLESS environment. We will be making use of SnapScan and all major debit and credit cards for all ticket sales. Please ensure that you have one of these payment options ready at the gates to avoid any delays. SnapScan is our preferred and most efficient payment method, so please be sure to download the app before arriving. Looking forward to welcoming One and All.
Saints Sports Festival Entrance Gate Times, tickets and Important Information
Click here for all of the important information pertaining to Festival Entrance Gate Times and Important Information
An important update regarding the Covid-19 Protocols for the 2022 Saints SportsFest
These protocols will apply on the Festival High Days:
Prep SportsFest – Saturday 9 April
College SportsFest – Thursday 14, Saturday 16 and Monday 18 April
Please click here for the details regarding Covid-19 Protocols for #SaintsSportsFest2022.
It is very important that all of our participants, coaches and spectators are aware of the St Stithians College lightning policy. For details on the policy, please click here.
Standard Bank Supporter's Marquee
This year the Standard Bank Saints Supporters Marquee will once again be situated above Baytopp Field. Access tickets will be sold daily at the Marquee on a first-come, first-served basis. Numbers will be limited according to COVID-19 regulations. No pre-bookings will be taken.
OSA Zone (previously OSA Hospitality Tent)
The OSA Zone will be back this year offering a number of specials along with spot prizes. Numbers will be limited according to COVID-19 regulations. Please check the Old Stithian Association Facebook page for updates.
Saints Supporters Apparel
Our Saints Supporters clothing is distinctive with its blue and white Saints stripes – often visible on parents and alumni at Saints events. We invite you to purchase your Saints Supporters' kit and wear it with pride either before or at #SaintsFest2022 as well as any other Saints event. It is available at our Stythian Shop or at the Saints Seconds shop. Watch this space for updates on the arrival of new stock!
We will once again host the Alumni Games on Easter Monday 18 April 2022 which debuted at our 2019 Festival. This creates a platform for Saints Alumni to take on Alumni from our participating Festival school teams and re-ignite some good old rivalries. If you are interested in participating, please get in touch with our Old Stithian Association representative, Caitlyn Loneon on CLoneon@stithian.com
Hockey Fundraising Breakfast 2022
We invite One and All to join us for a fundraising breakfast at Dace Hall on Saturday 16 April 2022.
Tickets are only R550 (R575 including the Quicket booking fee) per person and it is truly for a good cause with Pink Drive as a Beneficiary.
Click on the the following link https://buff.ly/3JFUxcp to book your seats – bookings are limited! Book your tickets soon to avoid disappointment.
Cross Campus Fun Run
Pease see the flyer giving details of our fun run that will be taking place on Easter Monday, 18 April 2022. Not only will you get a great workout while enjoying our beautiful campus, but there are also wonderful prizes to be won, compliments of our sponsors, Nova-Choc-Oh-Late, Standard Bank, and managed by Easy Equities and Born to Run. You can run or walk 2.5km, 5km or, for the ‘more enthusiastic’ 10km. Race is free, cost of Festival entry is R50 per runner. Join us on Jamieson Field from 08h00 to participate.
Streaming with SuperSport Schools Live
The games will be streamed as follows:
Prep Festival: All rugby games (3 fields), Netball (2 courts), Tennis (Boys' Courts 2 courts), Squash (1 court) will be covered.
College: Good News! All games on all fields and courts will be streamed.
Below is the SuperSports Schools App and instructions flyer - be sure to download the App on your device in advance to not miss out on any of our sporting action.
PlayerONE Sports Arcade
For 2022 the kids area (for under 12’s) takes the form of the PlayerONE Sports Arcade. This is a bespoke tailored service designed for the unique needs of the St Stithians Sports Festival and will be available for both Prep and College Fest.
Here, kids aged 12 and below will have the opportunity to take part in an action-packed, challenge-based circuit that will test players technically through a variety of sporting stations based on some of South Africa’s favorite sports. Join PlayerONE’s highly qualified coaching staff in a fun and safe environment – a cool challenge for kids in true PlayerONE fashion – enjoying the creativity of play.
The cost of the PlayerONE area is R60 per child per session, and caters for children aged between 6 and 12 years.
The opening times are below and will consist of a rotation of sessions for 6-8 year olds and 9-12 year olds.
|PREP FESTIVAL||COLLEGE FESTIVAL|
Wednesday 6 April 2022: 10h00 – 17h00
Thursday, 14 April 2022 : 10h00 – 17h00
Thursday 7 April 2022: 10h00 – 17h00
|Saturday, 16 April 2022: 10h00 – 17h00|
Friday 8 April 2022: 10h00 – 17h00
|Monday, 18 April 2022: 10h00 – 15h00|
We extend our thanks to all our sponsors, and especially to Standard Bank, our headline sponsor for their sponsorship of the Saints Sports Festival 2022. Our thanks also go to 9th Bit, Active Lifestyle Solutions, Cool Ideas, Ellis Lehman, Empact Group, Inside Active, Nova Choc Oh Late, Mauwane Transport Solutions, Performance Brands, Fiat Chrysler Sandton, SuperSport Schools, The Copy Shop and Totem to name but a few of our generous sponsors. If you are interested in coming on board as a sponsor of our prestigious event, please contact email@example.com
Thandulwazi Festival Outreach
The Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy has teamed up with two incredible initiatives over the period of the Sports Fest:
Vintage with Love is a charity that collects gently worn clothes which they then sell in order to raise money for several charities - Thandulwazi being one of them. They will have a collection point at the Fest so please bring your pre-loved clothing with you and donate to this incredibly worthy cause.
Totem Bags are running their Bag It Forward Campaign at the Fest. Bring along any old school bag you have and don't use anymore and give it to them. They will then clean and repair it and donate it to our Saturday School Learners.
We look forward to welcoming #OneAndAll and to enjoying this celebration of sport.
To follow the converation, follow us on our social media platforms:
Twitter: @ststithians Instagram: @ststithianscollege
Our hashtag for 2022 is #SaintsFest2022
We invite #OneAndAll to join us for our Good Friday and Easter Sunday Services.
To access the parent letters that have been sent out over the past couple of weeks as well as other important information, please click below:
Watch this space over the coming weeks as we count down to Saints SportsFest 2022!
#purposeinspired #passiondriven #InspiringExcellence #makingaworldofdifference #SaintsFest2022
LOOKING BACK AT PREVIOUS SAINTS SPORTS FESTIVALS...
2021 Saints Sports Festival - 8 – 16 October 2021
We are delighted to confirm that our Mini Saints Sports Fest 2021 will take place this weekend (8 – 10 October). We kick off with Rugby, Football, Netball and Tennis on the Friday and Saturday, and progress to Hockey during the course of next week (11–16 October).
In November last year our 2021 Saints Sports Festival Committee committed to doing everything possible to give our students an opportunity to participate in a 2021 Sports Festival, while ensuring we place the safety of the participants first. We have been true to this and in keeping with our commitment to creating ‘Hope in Sport’, are proud to be going ahead with a scaled down version of the Festival with participation from Gauteng based Preparatory Schools, and Colleges.
We know that through sport, fitness, and health we can overcome some of the challenges we face. The spirit and competition experienced both on and off the fields and courts is as important as the friendships and camaraderie that the Saints Sports Festival enables for students and coaches alike. We are grateful to have received commitment from our headline sponsor, Standard Bank to bring this reimagined Sports Festival to life and thank them for their commitment to youth sport and to bringing hope to our participants, coaches and administrators.
The following sports will take place on Campus:
· Rugby Sevens
· Football Fives
· Netball Fives
We will be adhering to all Covid-19 health protocols according to the current Government Gazette and therefore unfortunately there will be no spectators. As an alternative all games will be streamed via SuperSport Schools. To access this, you will need to download the Supersports schools app. All the fixtures will be uploaded to this portal. For details on how to download the app, click here.
We thank you in advance for your support as together we aim to provide a happy and memorable experience for our participants. We invite you to follow us on the St Stithians College social media feeds for photos, updates and more information.
We are extremely grateful to the many staff, parents and our sponsors Standard Bank who have worked tirelessly amid the many challenges we currently face, to ensure our students experience some of the joy of the Saints Sports Festival.
A gallery of pics from Day 1 by Festival photographer Debbi Adcock.
A gallery of pics from Day 1 Rugby by Old Stithian and Saints Dad, Brandon Zietsman and pics of Day 3 Tennis by Debbi Adcock.
Day 2 and 3 Highlights pics by Festival photographer Debbi Adcock.
LOOKING BACK AT PREVIOUS SAINTS SPORTS FESTIVALS...
St Stithians College Sports Festival
(17,18, 20, 22 April 2019)
The Saints Sports Festival has grown into a unique sporting event in the South African schools’ calendar. Beginning as a Rugby Festival in 1984, 36 years ago, theSt Stithains College Easter Sports Festival has grown to include another six sporting codes, including hockey, soccer, netball, tennis, squash and cross country.
The Easter weekend played host to the festival which has proved itself to be a family-oriented weekend that caters for young and old, offering a full programme of sporting action, entertainment, hospitality and food, and attracting thousands of spectators. Around 130 fixtures were played over the Easter weekend, involving over 1 200 sportsmen and women from leading schools across the country. Saints Fest 2019, the largest school sports festival in South Africa, was once again a massive success and an exceptional showcase of the best college sport that the country has to offer.
Rector of St Stithians College, Dr Tim Nuttall commented, “The Saints Sports Festival created many memorable moments for over 2,000 athletes participating in seven sports codes. Enthusiastic crowds of spectators, numbering tens of thousands, enjoyed diverse and engaging sporting encounters. The #SaintsSportsFest2019 began with the Prep Festival, lasting three days, and ended with the College Festival, lasting six days. New friendships were forged; teams were strengthened and the festival atmosphere brought enjoyment and celebration. St Stithians extended a proudly Saints welcome to all our athletes, coaches, managers and special guests. As the Rector of St Stithians, I express appreciation to our staff, students, parents and alumni for their enthusiasm, dedication and commitment in the success of this mega-event. We say thank you to Standard Bank, our headline sponsor, and 130 additional sponsors – we value your support and association. It was a privilege to welcome the national netball and women’s hockey squads to St Stithians on Easter Monday as participants in our programme. Through all aspects of our 2019 Festival, the community of St Stithians inspired excellence”.
Thank you One And All.
To access the full festival programme, the parent letters that have been sent out over the past couple of weeks as well as other important information, please click below:
Saints Prep Festival 2019 (11-13 April 2019)
It's a wrap! Saints Prep Fest took place from Thursday 11 April to Saturday 13th April back and lived up to the promise of being bigger and better than ever before!
It really was an incredible showcase of some of South Africa's finest up and coming young athletes in our four sporting codes on offer; rugby, netball, tennis and squash. We thank all of our participating preparatory schools that came out to compete on the sports fields and courts of St Stithians College in this year's instalment of the ever growing #SaintsPrepFest, no doubt many friendships and memories have been made. To all of the coaches, managers, support staff and supporters, we thank you for the part that you all had to play in the success of this school sport showcase.
#SaintsPrepFest2019 really did offer a great couple of days of entertainment for the entire family and a wonderful opportunity to support our young local talent. If our Prep Fest is anything to go by, we are in for a treat this coming weekend at the College edition of #SaintsFest2019.
A gallery of highlight photos of #SaintsPrepFest courtesy of our Official Sports Fest Photographer - Wessel Oosthuizen. For more images visit our Saints Prep Fest Facebook events page and click on the discussion tab.