Schools can now register for the DStv Schools Netball Challenge 2022

After a successful first season of the DStv Schools Netball Challenge (DSNC), the call to enter this year’s competition is now open.

Schools can now sign up to take part in this year’s tournament which is due to start in May and end with the national final on National Women’s Day (August 9).

DSNC is a partnership between Multichoice and SA Schools Netball that aims to unearth the next generation of SPAR Proteas.

It aims to give girls across the country an equal chance to show off their skills and compete in the National Finals, which is a nationwide event broadcast live on SuperSport.

To ensure that all schools have an equal chance of reaching the national final and competing for the top honours, the competition is split into two streams: Botho (urban schools) and Ubuntu (rural schools).

In last year’s tournament, North West’s Potchefstroom Gimnasium won the Botho final, beating Gauteng’s Hoërskool Menlopark, while in the Ubuntu final, Hlabi Secondary School defeated provincial rivals Makgofe High School.

However, the two strands can face each other in the first rounds of the final.

SA Schools Netball Chairman Di Woolley said: “Last year’s tournament was heavily disrupted by the pandemic, but we could still run a tournament with an attendance of over 1,450 secondary schools and 16 000 girls from the district level to the final. Hopefully the pandemic is now behind us and all provinces and more schools will be part of this year’s tournament.

Meanwhile, the 2021 edition has also served as a scouting ground for universities and national team scouts, including u-21 Baby Proteas, as the country prepares to host the 2023 Netball World Cup at the Cap.

According to Collen Dlamini, Corporate Affairs Director of MultiChoice Group, World Cup fever is slowly gaining momentum in the country. Through the DSNC, they want the fever to spread across the country and reach areas that normally feel left out of major events in the country.

“Girls from anywhere in South Africa who dream of one day representing the country in netball should know that they have DSNC as a stepping stone to achieving their dreams,” Dlamini said.

How to enter: visit the, find the League Registration tab on the top right, click it to enter the DSNC page. Click register to access the Google Doc form, which must be completed to register your school.
Closing of registrations on March 31.

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Steven L. Nielsen